President congratulates Bindra for Olympic Gold

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New Delhi, Aug 11 (UNI) President Pratibha Devisingh Patil today congratulated Abhinav Bindra for winning gold in the men's 10-metre Air Rifle event at the Beijing Olympics.

Bindra notched up a total score of 700.5 in the final to clinch India's first ever individual gold medal at the Olympics.

''I am extremely delighted and proud to hear today that you have realised the dream of a billion Indians by winning the Olympic gold medal in the 10-metre air rifle at Beijing,'' the President said in her message.

''Your achievement is even greater as not has India won gold at the Olympics after a very long gap of 28 years, but also because you have become the first ever Indian to win a gold medal at the Olympics in an individual event,'' she added.

''Your achievement should inspire confidence amongst all Indian sportspersons that they can achieve of any sport. It will inspire our youth to take up sports as a full time career. I wish him well for the future.'' UNI AB RKM DS1307

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