Jitu Rai wins gold in 50m pistol event at ISSF World Cup


India won their first gold medal at the ISSF World Cup in New Delhi after pistol shooter Jitu Rai clinched the top position in the 50m men’s air pistol event. This was his second medal in two days after he won the bronze medal in the 10m pistol event . The silver medal also went to India as Amanpreet Singh took the second position after shooting a total of 226.9. This was his first World Cup appearance. The bronze medal went to Iran’s Vahid Golkhandan who shot a total score of 208 points. This was his first World Cup medal in international competition.

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Jitu Rai has now won nine World Cup medals including two this year and this last year. He also got Khel Ratna Award in 2016. . He had also qualified for the Rio Olympics but finished eighth in the finals. Last year, Jitu Rai won two World Cup medals and one in the World Cup Final, a event where the 10 best shooters around the world take part. Amanpreet was in his maiden final at a World Cup.

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