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Jitu Rai bags silver at shooting World Cup


Bologna (Italy): India’s ace pistol shooter Jitu Rai on Thursday clinched the silver medal in the mens 50 metre pistol event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup final here.

Jitu, ranked seventh in the event, finished second in the qualifying round with a cumulative score of 568 to make it to the finals behind Ukraine’s Oleh Omelchuk and then narrowly lost out to China’s Wei Pang in the final to settle for silver.

Jitu started strongly in the finals and shot straight into the lead, before Pang caught up.

The Indian then had a poor fourth and fifth series but eventually shot 188.8 to win the second position behind Pang’s score of 190.6

Only the top 10 shooters in the event, barring world number one Jongoh Jin of South Korea, took part in the event.

The ISSF World Cup finals competition is the season-ending competition of the annual calendar.