Ace shooter Abhinav Bindra, who has competed in five Olympics from Sydney in 2000, on Sunday picked the recent Rio Games as his favourite because of the challenges he faced to compete in the Brazilian capital and eventually make it to the final.
“Out of my five Olympics appearances my absolute favourite is Rio because I gave everything to it in terms of preparation. I gave it all what I had on that day. I prepared to the best of my ability. In the last one month I thought hard if I could have done anything different in my preparation. But there is nothing I could have done differently other than shoot a better shot in the shoot-off. That gives me a lot of satisfaction. That has given me closure to my sports career because I’ve no regrets. It’s a fine feeling,” Bindra said here reiterating that there won’t be any rethink on his decision to retire.
Asked why he rates Rio higher than Beijing, where he became the first Indian to win an Olympic gold in individual events, Bindra said: “I had several challenges during my last Olympic journey which I would be updating in my book.So I don’t want to talk too much about the exact challenges I faced.”
Sharing his thoughts at the Indian Institute of Management here, Bindra recalled that his life changed after the heartbreaking failure at the Athens Olympics in 2004.
“Athens changed it all for me at age of 21. That was when I was in the best form of my career. I had broken the Olympic record and reached the final in third place. Of all my Olympics, it was my easiest chance to win a medal. In the final I dropped to the seventh place which was very heartbreaking as I thought I had shot well. Later I realized that the tile where I was standing on position No. 3 was loose. It was like a standing on a trampoline. But what it taught me was the detachment from the result. So when I got to Beijing I was very process driven and wanted to give my best in every single shot,” the ace shooter said.