Bindra retires with bronze medal

 Abhinav Bindra  Abhinav Bindra ended his shooting career with his first Asian Games individual medal, a bronze in the 10 metre air rifle event of the 17th Asian Games at the Ongnyeon International Shooting Range here Tuesday.

The 2008 Olympic champion Bindra, who Monday tweeted that Tuesday will be his last day as a professional, recorded a final score of 187.1 to take the third position as China finished one-two with Haoran Yang (209.6) clinching the gold medal and Yifel Cao (208.9) taking the silver.

Bindra looked like finishing fourth till his penultimate round but Iran’s Pourya Norouziyan, who needed a 9.9 to ensure his progress after the 31-year-old Indian shot 10.5, scored a poor 9.6 to slip to the fourth spot and handed Bindra a podium finish.

Bindra scored 10.6 and 10.7 in his final two shots but it was not enough to stop the rampaging Chinese duo.

Earlier in the day, Bindra also had led India to the bronze medal in the 10 metre air rifle men’s team event.

Bindra’s individual bronze medal was India’s eighth medal in the Incheon Games and sixth from the shooting range.

Bindra’s bronze also marks the end of an illustrious career with an elusive Asiad individual medal.

“Tomorrow will mark the end of my professional shooting life. I will, however, still shoot, compete as a hobby shooter, training twice a week,” Bindra, who won the gold in the Beijing Olympics, had tweeted Monday.

Bindra announced in July that the 2014 Glasgow Games would be his last Commonwealth Games and he finished it off in style by winning his maiden singles Commonwealth Games gold.

The former World Champion still hoped that he would participate at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

“And yes, I will still try to be at Rio and my bio is now most appropriate! Great times and am sure there will be a few more!” Bindra tweeted.

In 2006, Bindra became the first Indian shooter to become a World Champion and two years later he scripted history by winning the individual gold medal in the 10m air rifle event at the Beijing Olympics.

Bindra, who was the youngest participant at the 1998 Commonwealth Games, has four Commonwealth gold medals.

Bindra had won the team silver in the 2010 edition in Guangzhou.