Olympic champion shooter Abhinav Bindra says he is keen to forget his Beijing feat and start afresh in a bid to clinch gold at the 2012 Games

Not many know that India's ace shooter Abhinav Bindra did not have perfect eyesight even as he shot India's first individual gold medal at the Olympics in Beijing in 2008. It is only after the Olympics that the sharpshooter underwent Lasik surgery and has since been able to see things clearly. The operation not only improved his vision but with it has also bettered his chances of repeating his Olympic gold medal feat at the London games next year.

Goldfinger: India's 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medal-winning shooter 
Abhinav Bindra makes a point during a literary fest in the city yesterday. 
Pic/Suresh KK

"I had a tunneled vision... my eyesight was 2.75 with which I went on to win the Olympic gold. It is only after the Olympics that I had surgery done and things got better. "Now I can see things a lot more clearly. But the journey from a blur vision to a clear one has been an interesting one," revealed Abhinav on the sidelines of a literary fest in the city yesterday.

Abhinav said it's the people, who tend to keep reminding him about his gold medal even as he is keen to start afresh in London. "We do not give credit to people who feature in the top 15 at Olympics. I feel even coming in the top 15 at the Olympic Games is damn good. 

"Personally, London is a new day, I need to go up there right from the first shot to the last shot. My focus is London... I don't remember the past... it's over. I want to win a gold at the Olympics," said the 29-year-old Chandigarh shooter. 

"I am very hungry and desirous of winning. Right now I am chasing my dreams," said the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardee, who recently released his autobiography A Shot at History, co-authored by Rohit Brijnath.