New Delhi, Aug 8: Abhinav Bindra, the 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medallist, missed a medal at the ongoing Rio Games, finishing fourth in the men's 10m Air Rifle competition at the shooting centre in Rio de Janeiro on Monday.
With his loss, India's medal hopes received a major setback with officials saying that their expectations of a double-digit tally looks unreachable.
The Indian ace, in his fifth and last appearance in Olympics, was at one stage standing second in the eight-man final in which one shooter gets eliminated gradually leading to the final two men standing in the face-off for the gold after the 20th shot.
Following Abhinav Bindra's exit from the competition, Indian sports fraternity-led by Sachin Tendulkar congratulated the shooter for his journey so far.
The sports persons hailed Bindra for his impressive performance in the final and felt he was unlucky for not making it to the final three, that would have assured at least a bronze medal for him.
Here is what the sportspersons, commentators had to say on Twitter:
@Abhinav_Bindra wonderful effort yet again.Thank you for all the glory & fame that you got the nation. You have made all of us very proud!— Vijay Kumar Singh (@Gen_VKSingh) August 8, 2016
Thode Se reh gaye @Abhinav_Bindra bt efforts like urs unite&help us realise pwr of sports,Not won medal bt won billion hearts,U r a CHAMPION— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 8, 2016
Abhinav Bindra ends fourth and just misses a medal by a whisker. He's been a real champion.— Vikram Chandra (@vikramchandra) August 8, 2016
Excruciating to watch... Great effort by abhinav bindra to finish 4th.. Closest we have come to a medal so far...— Somdev Devvarman (@SomdevD) August 8, 2016
Goodbye legend @Abhinav_Bindra. You made us feel good to be Indian.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 8, 2016