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Gold for India [Part II]

My Olympic obsession continues [see post below]. Well, it’s all that’s been on television today and comeon, we can’t blame them news channels. The Olympics fever is finally spreading its fire all over India. Abhinav Bindra’s victory is a victory for all of India. A victory bigger than the self, as he might put it. I managed to locate Abhinav Bindra’s blog on his road to Beijing, with entries pre-dating his triumph. I admire his humility. Our first GOLD has subtly raised hopes for more medals too. Saina Nehwal has made it to the Badminton quarter finals. Two matches away from stardom. Good luck, girl. Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupati and Sania Mirza are yet to hit the tennis courts and do India proud. Abhinav, in the meantime, has been showered with monetary rewards from the various state governments. And a Golden Railway Pass from Laloo, our Railway minister. And a generous 25 lakh from BCCI. The Cricket Board of India rewards an Olmypics medalist? A little strange, aye. I suppose it’s guilt. The way India has been …

GOLD for India at Olympics 08!!!

This morning, India won it’s first GOLD medal at the Olympics! Abhinav Bindra, 25, shot his way to victory in the 10 meters Air Rifle Shooting. It’s been 28 years since India won gold in the Olympics. The last such victory was the Hockey Team’s, 1980. And it’s the FIRST time ever that an Indian won a Gold in the individual category!! India is basking in all the Olympics glory now. Go, India, go! It was such a proud moment, even as viewed on television. With China in the second place and Finland in the third, Abhinav Bindra clinched the gold in the Bird Nest Stadium in Beijing. The Indian Flag was unravelled in tune to the Indian national anthem. Thousands of spectators stood to attention, saluting and honoring India’s achievement. Really, so proud a moment! Imagine it. 205 nations, 10,500 athletes, 1 gold medal for air rifle shooting. And India scores it! Fantastic is the word. In a cricket-crazy country, this gold is really the beginning of a new era in the sports history of India. …