Jitu Rai bags silver in World Cup Final

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Jitu Rai bags silver in World Cup Final

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SportsCafe Desk

10/07/2016

Shooter Jitu Rai bagged a silver medal in the 50m pistol at the ISSF World Cup final in Bologna, Italy, on Thursday. Rai secured a score of 188.8 in the finals to finish behind China's Wei Pang (190.6). Italian Giuseppe Giordano took bronze with a score of 170.3.

Rai’s medal came a day after the Abhinav Bindra-led National Rifle Association of India review committee submitted a damning 36-page report on the Rio Olympics flop show that was equally scathing on the shooters, coaches and the national federation.

World No 7 Rai was among the 12-member squad that failed to secure a medal in Rio where 2008 Beijing gold medallist Bindra’s fourth-place finish in the 10m air rifle was the best show.

“After Rio Olympics, I competed for the first time today in Italy. My performance at Rio was not good. (Rio 2016 Olympics kebaadmaineaajpehla match khela Italy mai. Rio mai acha nahirahathamera performance),” tweeted Rai.

“Today I won the silver medal at World Cup Finals with national record score in 50m. I am very happy with my performance (Aaj Silver medal jeeta World Cup Finals mai with National record score in 50m FP. Bahotkhushhu performance se),” he added.

Rai equalled his personal best of 568 points to finish second in the qualification round following a strong start that saw him lead after the first four series, as he shrugged off the disappointment of a poor Olympic campaign, PTI news agency reported.

Rai came from behind twice in the final to secure his first medal at a World Cup Final where the world’s top 10 shooters for the season compete.

“World's top 10 shooters compete at the World Cup Finals. I am thankful to Army, NRAI and OGQ for supporting me. (World cup finals maiduniyake top 10 shooters ate hai. Army, @OfficialNRAI and @OGQ_India ko dhanyawadmujhe support karnekeliye)," he further tweeted.

Rai will compete in the 10m air pistol on Saturday.

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