India’s Ace shooters Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu combined to win the gold medal in mixed team 10m air pistol/rifle event held in Gabala, Azerbaijan of the ISSF World Cup 2017.
They both delivered India its first medal by beating Russia 0-4 to 7-6 in the final on Monday.
Thus giving India’s shooting a chance at the tournament which is a reason to cheer.
Second World Cup gold together….!
The Indian ace pair had also clinched gold at the ISSF World Cup which was held in New Delhi earlier this year.
The mixed team air pistol event is one of the new events that are added for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Gagan Narang At 25th position…!!
During the tournament, Sanjeev Rajput of India could not qualify for the final round of men’s 50m rifle prone event, in which 2012 Olympic medalist Gagan Narang was at 25th position.
In the 10m air pistol event, Jitu Rai who is a two-time Times of India Sports Awards (TOISA) winner finished 12th after he shot a total of 576, ahead of Omkar Singh (574) and Prakash Nanjappa (575).
China has been leading the medal tally with 6 medals, including 3 gold….!!
Out of all, 430 athletes from 45 different countries are competing for the medals at the Gabala World Cup 2017, which is the last chance for the Pistol and rifle shooters to qualify for the ISSF World Cup Finals.
This event has the world’s eight best shooters in each Olympic discipline along with ruling World Championship and Olympic medalists and wild-cards competing with each other.
Only top eight make it to the finals….!!
India is represented by a 23-member Pistol and Rifle squad. There are 12 women and 11 men in the team.
France beat Iran by the same score to clinch the bronze in the event….!!
Earlier, on day four of the competitions at the pistol/rifle World Cup, both Heena and Jitu Rai narrowly missed out on making the final round of the individual men’s and women’s 10m air pistol event, finishing 12th and 9th positions in their respective qualification rounds.
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