August 11, 2008: It was the golden day for Indian sports. It was the day Indian sports graduated from collective excellence to individual brilliance on the Olympic stage.

It was perhaps the only day in the last four Olympics that one felt a lump of emotion, and a trace of moisture in the eyes, listening to the national anthem, with the national flag going up.

It was a positive sign to find a bunch of Indian journalists catching the early morning bus to the shooting range. None of us wanted to miss the qualification phase.

There were hopes that there could be two Indians in the final, in 10-metre air rifle, as Abhinav Bindra and Gagan Narang were on course. Abhinav made it with 596 out of 600, one point below the score he had shot in Athens.

Gagan missed out by one point, on the count back as four others with 595 made the final.

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