It was an exciting day for India as Gagan Narang shot the bronze medal in men’s 10m air rifle on the fourth day of the Olympics.
The event took place at the Royal Artillery Barracks in London on Monday. Gagan’s qualification score was a huge 598 of 600 making him one of the favourites for the finals. The 29 year old Gagan showed great concentration and class amidst the ecstatic crowd.
Narang is only the third shooter from India to win a medal at the Olympics after Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore’s silver in Athens 2004 and Abhinav Bindra’s gold in Beijing 2008.
Gagan’s win infused life into the Indian challenge on the fourth day of the Olympics. “It has really taken a huge stone off my chest,” said Narang, who had missed the final in Beijing on after failing to qualify with a score of 595.
It was Gagan’s third Olympics and with this win he becomes part of a select few Indians to win individual medals at the Olympic Games.