With new gun, Abhinav Bindra looks to get battle ready

Abhinav BindraAbhinav Bindra (C) won gold in the 10m air rifle event. Chavanke Ashok (L) won silver while Sanjeev Rajput (R) took bronze in the same event

Nilesh Rane of the Capapie sports equipment company was busy taking Abhinav Bindra's measurements minutes after the finals got over. Bindra, who had just won the 10m air rifle gold on the last day of the nationals, placed his distinct black and white shooting suit in the case and stood still in his lycra suit.

Rane went about his job with his measuring tape. Ever the perfectonist, Bindra felt his Monard suit was not fitting him well and so a new one had been commissioned. Rane and his men were with the champion only for a couple of minutes, but it was indication enough that the shooter, who is known to go great lengths to get everything right, was ready to up his game ahead of what will be a crucial 2014.

The next year will be a big year for the Indian shooters. Apart from the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games, there will also be the sport's biggest competition, the World Championships, scheduled to be held in Granada, Spain from September 6 to 20. This is where the first set of Olympic quotas will be disbursed.

So Bindra knows the task ahead of him. "Results are alright. I have a lot of work to do. People say it gets easier with age, it certainly doesn't, I know it. Everyday is a big hard fight for me. But I am willing to suffer and struggle. I enjoy the game, I enjoy shooting that's why I still do it. I will continue to strive to be the best I can be, I'll have a lot of challenges along the way. Lets see where I can go," the 31-year-old said after bagging the gold with a final score of 208.9 points, which was a good 4.5 points ahead of second-placed Army shooter Chavanke Ashok. Navy's Sanjeev Rajput finished third with a total of 182.8 points.

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