Jitu gives India its first gold at Shooting World Cup

Two-time Olympian shooter Jitu Rai, on March 1, gave India the first gold at the Shooting World Cup, by claiming the top slot in the 50m men’s air pistol event. His compatriot, Amanpreet Singh settled for the silver in the same event at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range.

Jitu, who fired 230.1 points to finish on top, also won the bronze medal in the 10m pistol event.

Competing in his maiden World Cup, Amanpreet shot a total of 226.9 to bag the silver while the bronze medal went to Iran’s Vahid Golkhandan, who shot a total score of 208 points.

Earlier in the qualification round, Amanpreet had led the charts with 561 points while Jitu was second with 559 points. They finished first and second respectively in that round.

Jitu has now won nine World Cup medals, including two this year. He had also qualified for the Rio Olympics but finished eighth in the finals. “I wanted to win this gold as a combined World Cup was happening for the first time in India and I wanted to see the Tricolour fly the highest in front of the home fans,” an emotional Jitu said.