New Delhi, February 27: Indian star shooters Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu on Monday won the gold medal in the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Cup at the Karni Singh Shooting Range in New Delhi. However, it was the second medal for India as earlier Pooja Ghatkar clinched the bronze medal 10-metre air rifle event.
Jitu and Heena defeated Japan in the final. Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu teamed up in the 10m pistol mixed event and bagged the first-ever gold for India in the discipline. However, the mixed event is a test-only event which means there are no official World Cup medals and no official scores added to the shooters’ accolades.
Notably, ISSF has introduced mixed events to add a certain bit of drama to the sport which has been an individual sport so far with men and women competing in different events based on the categories. The world body hopes that the new event can add unpredictability to the sport where despite one shooter’s good performance, the other one could bring the score down.
The mixed event got its start with the 10m Air Rifle event at the World Cup on Saturday with China winning the gold medal over Japan. Interestingly, The 11 Gurkha Regiment shooter, Jitu Rai, who was the only shooter to clinch gold at the 2014 Asian Olympic Games at Incheon and has several World Cup medals to his credit, teamed up with Heena Sidhu in the ‘Mixed team Event’ to clinch the apex medal for India.