At the ongoing ISSF (International Shooting Sport Federation) World Cup, Jitu Rai has delighted everyone by bagging the gold medal in the men’s 50m pistol event. His teammate Amanpreet Singh won the silver medal in the same event. Earlier, Jitu had also won bronze medal in the men’s 10m pistol event. In the men’s 50m pistol event, Jitu has set a new world record by scoring 230.1 points. Amanpreet, who won the silver medal, scored 226.0 points. The bronze medal was bagged by Iran’s Vahid Golkhandan, who scored 208.0 points. The ISSF World Cup is being held at Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range in New Delhi.
At a time, Rai was at sixth place in the shooting event. Then, in one of the elimination rounds, Rai fought back and scored a spectacular 10.8 to move up to the third position, edging out Kazakhstan’s leading marksman Vladimir Issachenk in the process. Rai kept up his form and went on to score 10.4 and 10.0. Eventually, he moved ahead of his teammate Amanpreet and scored 10.5 in the gold medal round to clinch the top prize.
“It’s amazing to win this gold medal here during the first combined World Cup held here in India, in front of my supporters. It’s a great honor and a true emotion to see the Indian flag flying high,” said Rai.