New Delhi, February 28: Indian ace pistol shooter Jitu Rai staged a remarkable performance to grab the bronze medal in the 10 metre air pistol shooting at the ongoing International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in New Delhi.
He scored 216.7 to finish third in the game with final shot ranges of 9.9 and 8.6. Beginning with a score of 98.7 in the first competition, the 29 years old scored a total of 577 across six series and qualified at sixth to the eight-man final round.
It is the eighth World Cup medal of Rai’s career after bagging silvers at the Asian Games and the World Championships among others. He began shooting competitively in 2007 and had missed out on a spot in the final of the 50m pistol at last year’s Rio Olympics. Nevertheless, Jitu had a successful 2016, winning three World Cup medals – a silver in Baku, gold in Bangkok and silver at the World Cup Final in Bologna.
Japan’s Tomoyuki Matsuda won the gold with a world record total of 240.1 points while Vietnam’s Xuan Vinh Hoang claimed silver with 236.6 points.
The other Indian shooters in the fray in the air pistol event — Omkar Singh and Amanpreet Singh — failed to cross the qualification stage.
For India, it is the third medal in the ongoing World Cup after Ankur Mittal’s silver in double trap and Pooja Ghatkar’s bronze in the 10 metre air rifle event.