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World Cup Gold for Indian pistol shooter Jitu Rai

World Cup Gold for Indian pistol shooter Jitu Rai

Ace Indian pistol shooter Jitu Rai starts 2016 with a bang by winning Gold in the 50m free pistol event at the World Cup in Bangkok today.

Jitu Rai, supported by OGQ, once again showed why he is such a formidable force in world pistol shooting when he won the gold medal at the Bangkok World Cup. Jitu shot a brilliant 562 to qualify on 3rd position after the qualifying round in the 50m Free Pistol event. In the finals Jitu started on a cautious note and was fourth after 6 shots. But, he then picked up the momentum and with brilliant shooting opened a big gap of 4.5 points over his closest rival 2008 Olympic Champion Pang Wei of China. He eventually sealed the victory with a sharp 10.0, finishing atop the podium with a score of 191.3 points.

I want to win the gold medal at Rio: Jitu

This is the 5th World Cup medal for Jitu and makes him one of the strong contenders at the Rio Olympics in August 2016.

A delighted Jitu said, "This was the first world cup in 2016 and I am really happy to start with a gold. But the real target is the Rio Olympics. I want to win a gold for India at Rio and there is a lot of work still to be done. The NRAI, Army and OGQ are supporting me a lot towards my Olympic dream."

Viren Rasquinha, CEO of OGQ mentioned, "This a fabulous performance by Jitu against a world class field. It is a big boost to his confidence. OGQ has helped him with new pistols and a scatt training system as well as physical conditioning and physiotherapy support. Ammunition testing is also on the agenda. Jitu's self belief is his biggest asset." Indian record holder KT Irfan achieves 2016 Olympic qualification mark in 20 km race walk.

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