A country’s first individual Olympic gold medal in a particular sport. We are still apprehensive about Abhinav Bindra’s lively performance in the shooting range during the 2008 Beijing Games, which culminated in the men’s 10m air rifle gold. India’s first personal title created ripples of joy across the country.
Boxing officer Kishen Narcissus recalls a similar path-breaking moment during 1992 in Barcelona. Welterweight fighter Michael Garruth (red corner) won Ireland’s first boxing gold by defeating Juan Hernandez (blue corner) of Cuba in the final. The Indian made the match official, raised the boxer’s hand to mark a famous victory and then watched the champion leap in ecstasy as the feeling subsided. “After the verdict was announced he jumped up and down around the ring, which means it shows what a victory it is. This photo made the front page of newspapers in Ireland.”
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