Ace Indian shooter Jitu Rai shrugged off the disappointment of a poor Olympic campaign by clinching a silver medal in the 50m pistol event of theISSF World Cup Final on Thursday. Jitu shot a score of 188.8 to finish behind China’s Wei Pang (190.6). Italy’s Giuseppe Giordano settled for the bronze medal with a score of 170.3 in the final. Jitu equalled his own record in the qualification round which he had shot in Maribor World Cup in 2014.
Jitu started the event on a strong note and led the field after the first four series. He finished strongly on second position with a qualification score of 568 which is his personal best score. In the finals, Jitu had a bad patch of shots in the middle, but held his nerves and twice came from behind to win the silver medal. This was Jitu’s first ever medal in the World Cup Finals where the top 10 shooters of the world for this season compete. This year Jitu had won two medals in the World Cups.
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