Jitu gives India first gold at Shooting World Cup

New Delhi, March 1 (IANS) Two-time Olympian shooter Jitu Rai on Wednesday gave India the first gold at the Shooting World Cup, by clinching the yellow medal in the 50m mens air pistol event while his compatriot Amanpreet Singh settled for the silver in the same event at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range here.

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

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 had 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.

India’s medal tally at this World Cup stands at five with Pooja Ghatkar winning bronze in the women’s 10m air rifle on the opening day of the event while Ankur Mittal added a silver in the double trap event.

–IANS

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