About the Book: A Shot at History: My Obsessive Journey to Olympic Gold
Abhinav Bindra once shot 100 out of in practice six times in a row and walked out of the range unhappy. He is a perfectionist, who once soled his shoes with rubber from Ferrari tyres because he thought it would help. He would wake up at 3 am. to practice at his range at home if an idea suddenly struck him. It is from such an incredible obsession that greatness arrives.
But Abhinav Bindra's journey to become the first Indian to win an individual Olympic gold, and the first Indian to win a World Championship gold, is far more than that. It is a triumph born of a tragedy. Having driven himself to become a great shooter, he was poised to win gold at the Athens Olympics in 2004. But defeated by a freak occurrence, he changed as a shooter: from a boy who loved shooting, he became an athlete bent on redemption, becoming a scientist who would try anything, including mapping his own brain, to win in Beijing.
About the Authors: Abhinav Bindra, Rohit Brijnath
Abhinav Bindra is India's first and only individual Olympic gold medallist and also the first Indian to win a world championship gold. He has won seventyeight international medals in the last fifteen years.
Rohit Brijnath has written on sport for 25 years for such publications as Sportsworld, India Today, The Hindu, The Mint, BBCSouth Asia website and The Age. He is currently a senior correspondent with The Straits Times in Singapore. This is his first book.
A Shot At History is one of the finest books on sports published in India. As much for its honesty and its unselfconscious guided tour into the mind of a champion as for its manner of painting the large picture through a series of personal experiences. Read it if you love sport. Read it even if you don't.-Suresh Menon, Tehelka
|Book:||A Shot At History: My Obsessive Journey To Olympic Gold|
|Author:||Abhinav Bindra Rohit Brijnath|
|Publisher:||Harper Collins India|
|Number of Pages:||224|
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