Jitu Rai managed to clinch the eighth gold medal for India in the Gold Coast Games as he finished atop the 10m Air Pistol table with a comprehensive total score of 235.1 - Games record. His compatriot, Om Mitharval, finished third to win India’s fourth bronze medal in Gold Coast.
Both Jitu and Mitharval had been dominating the event since the start of the day. They qualified for the finals quite easily with Mitharval equalling the Commonwealth Qualification Record posting a score of 584-26x. However, the journey took a whole new turn for
Though both the shooters started brilliantly in the finals, as both remained in the top three scoring mostly above 10 in the initial stages, it was in the elimination stages that Mitharval saw a slight dip. While Jitu remained at the top throughout the finals after entering into the two-shot elimination stage with a brilliant score of 121.0, Mitharval had to be constantly aware of
The first one to get eliminated was Malaysia’s Jonathan Wong, who was followed by Singapore’s Bin Gai, Bangladesh’s Shakil Ahmed and Trinidad & Tobago’s Roger Daniel. The fifth round, however, saw a close fight between Mitharval and local favorite Daniel Repacholi. Mitharval had a lead by 2 and Repacholi’s failure to hit 10 forced him to bow out.
The last two elimination rounds saw a perfect finish for the Indian men to clinch the first two place on the podium, just as Heena Sidhu and Manu
It needed a terrible mess-up on Jitu’s part to blow the lead, but he kept it consistent by scoring two 9.2 scores as Bell got one his shot less than 9.
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