New Delhi, March 2: The dream of Indian shooter Jitu Rai has come true finally as he secured a Gold medal in the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Cup at the Karni Singh Shooting Range in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Notably, Jitu Rai won the Bronze medal in the 50-metre Air Pistol event and finished first with a total of 230.1 points and created a new world record in the final. The other great news was that Jitu's compatriot Amanpreet Singh bagged the silver in the same event with a score of 226.9.
Jitu Rai shot a total of 230.1, a world record, to finish on top of the podium, while Amanpreet, who was leading for a major part of the final, had to be satisfied with the silver medal after aggregating 226.9. Iran's Vahid Golkhandan took away the bronze with a score of 208.0 at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range.
An outstanding 10.8 in one of the elimination rounds proved to be crucial for Rai, who jumped from sixth to the third position and knocked out Kazakhstan's renowned marksman Vladimir Issachenk with a 10.5. Rai kept up the tempo with a 10.4 and 10.0, while Amanpreet, after a fine start in his career's first World Cup final, had a meltdown. After upstaging Golkhandan, Rai comfortably got the better of Amanpreet in the gold medal round, finishing the event with an excellent 10.5 to lay his claim on the top prize.
After winning the gold medal Jitu Rai said, "It's amazing to win this gold medal here during the first combined World Cup held here in India, in front of my supporters. It's a great honour and a true emotion to see the Indian flag flying high." "I didn't have a perfect start today, but I guess that's the fun of the sport. I like it that way, uncertainty is part of the game, otherwise, there is no excitement. I climbed into the lead shot after shot and I think it was a nice match," he added.
Jitu further said, "I closed the 2016 season with a World Cup Final silver, and I always dreamt about starting 2017 in the best way here in India. I wanted our flag to fly high."I am planning to compete in all World Cup stages this year. We have ISSF World Cup in Munich ahead of us, and I will work to correct a few things before flying there. I am looking forward to the rest of the season," Jitu said in the end.
However, a day before yesterday Jitu Rai clinched a Bronze medal in the 10-metre Air Pistol event and finished third with a total of 216.7 points. Jitu also gave India its first Gold on Monday in the 10-metre Pistol Mixed team event with Heena Sidhu. India in the tournament has secured six medals in the ongoing ISSF world cup. In Double trap, Ankur Mittal clinched the Silver yesterday, while Pooja Ghatkar had, earlier, won a Bronze in the 10-metre Air Rifle event.