India opened its account in the medals at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Gagan Narang, who was participating in the Men’s 10m Air Rifle, won Bronze for India.
Gagan Narang did well in the qualifying phase of the event with a score of 598, which enabled him to enter the finals of the 10m Air Rifle. The other Indian, Abhinav Bindra, who had won Gold at the Sydney games in 2008, was one of the favorites but he was not able to qualify for the final round. In the finals, each shooter was given 10 shots to add to his qualifying score. The competition was stiff, with the top 3 shifting up and down with each attempt. After falling out of the top 3, Narang came back strong with his final shot with a final score of 701.1 to secure a Bronze medal for himself as well as opening the account for India.
It is interesting to note that Narang still has two more events in which he will take part in the Olympics. We wish him the best in those events.
Gagan Narang was congratulated by everybody including top celebrities on Twitter. Here are some of the congratulations:
Sachin Tendulkar : Gagan Narang, you make us proud by winning the first medal in Olympics 2012. Let’s hope and pray that we follow it up by achieving many more
Harbhajan Singh : Well done! Ggagan Narang. Heartfelt congratulation for bringing first medal for us in Oly 2012. Hope many more to follow. Well done India. Go for it
Yuvraj Singh : Loud cheer for Gagan Narang for bringing India 1st medal. Huge moment! Finally at the podium. Hard luck, Bindra. U r still a champ