Jitu Rai wins gold in 50m pistol at ISSF World cup Delhi
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Jitu Rai : Indian Shooter
- Jitu Rai, born on 26 August 1987, is an Indian shooter of Nepali origin from Uttar Pradesh.
- He competes in the 10 metre air pistol and 50 metre pistol events of shooting championships.
- Government of India announced Khel Ratna Award for him in 2016.
Jitu Rai : ISSF World Cup 2017
- Jitu Rai clinched the top position in the 50m men’s air pistol event of ISSF World cup championship, Delhi, on Mar 1, 2017.
- He won the bronze medal in the 10m pistol event of ISSF World cup on Feb 28, 2017.
- In 50m men’s air pistol, Jitu’s winning score of 230.1 was a world record. Another Indian shooter Amanpreet shot 226.9 to win silver and the bronze went to Vahid Golkhandan of Iran, who shot 208.0.
Jitu Rai : Shooting career
- In 2014, at the ISSF World Cup in Munich, Jitu Rai won the silver medal in the 10 metre air pistol event.
- In 2014, at the ISSF World Cup in Maribor, Rai won two medals; a silver in the 50 metre pistol event, and a gold in the 10 metre air pistol event. In the process, he won three medals in nine days at the World Cup and also became the first person to have won two medals at a single world cup for India.
- Jitu Rai was ranked number 1 in the world, in 10 metre air pistol and number 4, in 50 metre pistol, in July 2014.
- At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Rai created the Games record in the qualification round of the 50 metre pistol event, having scored 562 points and he won the gold medal in the event, scoring 194.1 points in the final, thus creating another Games record.
- In the 2014 Asian Games held at Incheon in South Korea, Jitu Rai won the gold medal in the 50 m pistol category and also won a bronze in the men’s 10 m air pistol team event.
- In 2016, he won a silver medal at the ISSF World Cup held in Baku, Azerbaijan in the 10m Air Pistol event.
- Jitu Rai was one of India’s medal hopefuls at the 2016 Rio Olympics failed to perform at the highest stage.