Abhinav Bindra Rio Olympics 10m Air Rifle
Contestants compete during the men's 10m Air Rifle at the Rio 2016 OlympicsIANS

Abhinav Bindra made history for India in 2008, winning the country's first individual gold medal. However, on Monday, at the Rio Olympics 2016, the Indian finished an agonising fourth, going down in a shootout, when a bronze, at the very least, looked oh so likely.

For the longest time in the men's 10m Air Rifle final, it looked like Bindra would finish in the top three, even jumping up to second at one point, but in series seven, the one that decides the top three placings of the competition, Bindra suffered heartbreak.

After series seven, there was real drama as Bindra, the lone Indian in the final, after Gagan Narang failed to make it to the last eight, and Serhiy Kulish finished on 163.8 each, which meant a shoot-off to fight for a medal. Nobody wants to finish in fourth place, so this was all about staying calm under pressure between Bindra and Kulish, and it was, unfortunately, the Indian, who dropped down, shooting a 10.0, while his Ukrainian opponent shot a 10.5 to move on.

Earlier, After four series, Bindra had shot up to the bronze medal position, before a 10.7 from the 2008 gold medallist took him to second place, much to the delight of the Indian contingent in the crowd.

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However, the contest between the top was so tight that, one shot outside the 10s, and you would immediately drop down, and Bindra struck a 9.7 which pushed him back to third place.

At the end of series six, which left only the top four in the competition, Bindra was in third, with just .6 separating the four shooters, and that closeness was to be to Bindra's detriment.

Kulish would push on further in the next series as the Russian Vladimir Maslennikov was consigned to the bronze medal, but up against the Italian Niccolo Campriani, who set an Olympic record in the qualification round, Kulish met his match.

Campriani was ice cool in the final series, finishing the event off with a brilliant 10.7 to take gold in the 10, Air Rifle, finishing with a score of 206.1, an Olympic record in a 10m Air Rifle final, well ahead of Kulish, who ended up with 204.6.

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