Jitu Rai wins gold at ISSF World Cup in 50m free pistol, Amanpreet Singh silver

Jitu Rai won the gold medal in men’s 50m free pistol event of the ISSF World Cup, with a world record score of 230.1. India’s Amanpreet Singh wins silver with a score of 226.9. A day after wining bronze in the air pistol, the Army shooter gradually moved up in the final to clinch gold. Amanpreet, who was leading the field till halfway of the 24 shots final, faltered in closing stages to settle for sliver.

Star Indian shooter Jitu Rai on Wednesday continued his imperious form in the ongoing International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup as he won gold in the 50m free pistol event here at Karni Singh Shooting Range. Rai shot a world record score of 230.1 to bag the number one spot. His compatriot Amanpreet Singh, who scored 226.9, won silver in the same event.

Yesterday, Rai had bronze in the 10-metre Air pistol event. The 29-year-old marksman, who made an eighthplace finish in the men’s 10m air pistol final at the Rio Olympics, was languishing towards the bottom of the table in the initial stages of the final before he made a late surge to come into medal contention.

Jitu posted a final score of 216.7, which include poor shots such as just a score of 8.8 on his second attempt, tomake a third-place finish on podium. Rai and Heena Sidhu had earlier also clinched gold in the 10m-air pistol mixed team test-only event of the tournament.

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