Indian shooter Abhinav Bindra has a knack of creating history. He has done it again in Beijing.
From being the country's first world champion in shooting to emerging as its maiden individual Olympic gold medallist, the 24-year-old Abhinav has displayed nerves of steel and a dogged determination over the years to attain the highest sporting glory.
It has been a tough journey to Beijing for the 'silent killer', as his father AS Bindra calls him.
Abhinav bravely fought a career-threatening back injury, which forced him to opt out of the Doha Asian Games. He booked his Beijing berth by winning the 2006 World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia - a first by an Indian.
And on Monday he lived up to the expectations of a million fans back home to give the country its first Olympics gold in 28 years after the men's hockey team's triumph in Moscow, 1980.