New Delhi (Agencies): Beijing Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra on Sunday clinched a gold medal in 10 meter air rifle event at the first Grand Prix of France Air Rifle Competition in Fleury Les Aubrais.

He shot 596 in the qualification and 102.9 in the final to aggregate 698.9 and finished ahead of local hopes Valerian Sauveplane (698.3) and Etienne Germond (695.7).

The shooting ace had a sequence of 9.9 10.5 10.4 10.6 10.6 10.2  10.6 10.4 9.9 9.8 in the final.

Bindra, who was on Thursday issued an ultimatum by the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) to participate in the ongoing National Games in Ranchi, is assured of a place in the Indian squad for the first two World Cups, according to national coach Sunny Thomas.

The gold medallist was training in Munich prior to the competition in France and is expected to compete in the trials scheduled from March 1-10 in New Delhi during a camp for the shooters in the national squad.