India’s Jitu Rai on Thursday won a historic gold medal in the men’s air pistol event at the ISSF World Cup in Maribor, Slovenia.
According to the information received, Jitu, who had won a silver medal in the free pistol competition, shot 200.8 in the final round to clinch the yellow metal in the air pistol event.
Jitu, thus, became the first Indian shooter to have won two medals in a World Cup. The gold was Jitu’s third medal in back-to-back World Cups. He had won the air pistol silver in the last World Cup in Munich.
Jitu shot 584 out of 600 and was ranked third in the qualification round. He had a series of 98 98 97 98 97 96.
Carrera Pablo of Spain won the silver with a final score of 198.7, while Russia’s Gourianov Anto bagged the bronze with a final score of 177.2.
Another Indian in fray, P N Prakash finished fifth with a final score of 137.4. Prakash was fourth in the qualification round with a total score of 581 out of 600.