Abhinav Bindra rues lack of luck

Jul 31, 2012, 08:28 IST | IANS

Indian shooter Abhinav Bindra (left), who yesterday failed to defend the gold medal he won in Beijing four years ago, said luck deserted him during the qualification round of the 10 metres air rifle event at the 2012 London Games

Bindra, India’s only individual Olympic gold medallist, failed to qualify as he shot 594 to finish 16th out of 47 contestants while his compatriot Gagan Narang qualified for the final round finishing third with 598 points. Narang later won bonze.

“Time was running out and I had to take some risks. Needed a little luck for some shots and I didn’t get it. I am disappointed, but love the sport, love shooting so am sure I’ll continue. I think I did a reasonable job. I could have retired on a high after the Bejing gold but that would have been the easy way out,” Bindra told reporters at the Royal Artillery Barracks here.

“I am glad I had the courage to come back and try again even though I have failed. I will still go away from London Olympics having learnt a lot,” said the former World Champion.

Bindra hoped his compatriot Narang will bag an Olympic medal.

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