‘Ab­hi­nav fought well’

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ZI­RAKPUR: De­spite 2008 Bei­jing Olympics gold medal­list Ab­hi­nav Bin­dra fail­ing to do an en­core in Lon­don on Mon­day, shooter's fa­ther AS Bin­dra said he was proud with his son's per­for­mance, and that the loss could only be de­scribed as a bad day at the of­fice.

“Ab­hi­nav had been train­ing re­ally hard; he fought well to­day. But it was sim­ply not his day. How­ever, I am proud of him,” said the Bin­dra se­nior while talk­ing to me­dia per­sons at his house in Zi­rakpur.

Ab­hi­nav, who was de­fend­ing his ti­tle in the 10m air-ri­fle event, failed to qual­ify for the fi­nal round and fin­ished 16th out of 47 con­tes­tants. On the other hand, com­pa­triot Ga­gan Narang not only booked a place among the fi­nal eight, but also brought cheers to the In­dian con­tin­gent by win­ning bronze later in the day.

Ab­hi­nav's fa­ther said the ace shooter's per­for­mance only dipped in the last round of the qual­i­fi­ca­tion, adding, "I don't know what went wrong. Only Ab­hi­nav can pro­vide the an­swers." Ab­hi­nav Bin­dra's fa­ther AS Bin­dra on his way to ad­dress the me­dia in Zi­rakpur on Mon­day.

Ab­hi­nav had been train­ing re­ally hard; he fought well to­day. But

it was sim­ply not his day. How­ever, I am

proud of him.

Se­nior Bin­dra said the shooter was deal­ing with twin pres­sure: "From what I learnt from his (Ab­hi­nav's) men­tal trainer, the fo­cus of the en­tire world me­dia was on him. And he was deal­ing with dou­ble pres­sure - of de­fend­ing his ti­tle as well as per­form­ing as per the ex­pec­ta­tions. He surely gave more than his 100% per­cent, but it was his hard luck."

On asked whether Ab­hi­nav would par­tic­i­pate in the 2016 Sum­mer Olympics ( to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Bin­dra said it was too early to say so. “The de­ci­sion would be taken by Ab­hi­nav him­self.”

Bin­dra also ac­knowl­edged the sup­port pro­vided to his son by sports min­istry and Na­tional Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia (NRAI) .

GURMINDER SINGH/HT

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