Ace shooter Jitu Rai continued his consistent form by winning a silver medal in the 10m Air Pistol event at the ISSF World Cup in Baku today. With this win, Jitu has now won six medals in World Cups in the last three years and is now a firm favourite for a medal at the Rio Olympics. Heena Sidhu, whose main event is the Air Pistol, made it to her first ever final in the 25m Sports Pistol event where she eventually finished 8th.
Jitu, 28, made a slow start to the qualification round with a 95 in the first series. He made a super comeback in the last three series to finish with 580 and qualified on sixth position. In the finals, Jitu shot consistently to remain in the top two throughout the final. It was a thrilling finish as Jitu finished second with a score of 199.5 and lost out on the gold medal to Brazil’s Felipe Almeida by a mere 0.5 points, while Korea’s multiple Olympic medallist Jin Jongoh finished third.
In the 25m Sports Pistol event Heena who had finished the precision round at the first position with a 296 yesterday, shot 286 in the duelling round to qualify for the finals in fifth position with a total score of 582. This was the first finals in 25m Sports Pistol event for Heena and she finished 8th.
Viren Rasquinha, OGQ CEO said "This silver medal shows that Jitu is on the right track heading to Rio. In fact, 6 Indian shooters qualified for the finals at the Baku World cup so far and we are very proud to say that 5 of them viz. Jitu, Gagan, Heena, Pooja and Kynan are supported by OGQ. With 41 days to Rio, these are good signs for the Indian shooting contingent."
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