Bindra gets lifetime rail pass

NEW DELHI Mon Aug 11, 2008 7:29pm IST

Abhinav Bindra (R) is hugged by his coach Gabriele Buhlmann after the men's 10m air rifle final at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 11, 2008. Bindra will get a free lifetime railway pass for winning his nation's first solo title in an Olympics on Monday. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

Abhinav Bindra (R) is hugged by his coach Gabriele Buhlmann after the men's 10m air rifle final at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 11, 2008. Bindra will get a free lifetime railway pass for winning his nation's first solo title in an Olympics on Monday.

Credit: Reuters/Desmond Boylan

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Shooter Abhinav Bindra will get a free lifetime railway pass for winning his nation's first solo title in an Olympics on Monday -- a perfect reward for someone who says he dislikes air travel.

The pass will allow airconditioned first class travel with a companion for the shooter who constantly flies around the world for major meets.

Bindra, 25, won the men's 10m air rifle gold medal at the Beijing Games, bringing unbridled joy to his medal-starved nation which has showered him with many cash incentives.

Asked after his triumph in Beijing if he was looking forward to going home to a hero's welcome, the laconic Bindra replied: "Not really. I don't like plane travels."

However, the shooter has no fear of flying, an Indian shooting official said.

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