Indian marksman Gagan Narang, at third place, was merely 0.3 point ahead of Dutchman Peter Hellenbrand before the final competition shot of the 10m air rifle final at the Summer Games in London on 29 July, 2012. China’s Wang Tao, 0.4 short, was hot on the trail as well.

There were close to a thousand fans cheering on from the stands; a stunning majority of them Indians. In fact, such was the influx that the organisers had to shut the gates of the Royal Artillery Barracks minutes before the final.

But as a shooter, Narang says, you would have to know exactly how and when to mentally shut the outside world down to ease off match pressure.

Narang never looked at the crowd until the match ended. He also decided against going to the mixed zone after the qualification round and instead, plugged in his earphones to listen to some inspirational numbers. “There was a strong chance all of it…

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