Jitu Rai finishes sixth in ISSF World Cup

New Delhi: Pistol ace Jitu Rai finished sixth in the Men’s 50M Pistol on day five of the lnternational Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup (Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun) being held in Rio De Janerio’s Olympic Shooting Centre.

Jitu, who is the world number one in the event, qualified for the finals in fourth position shooting a score of 563. He began the finals on the back foot registering two shots of eight each to start with. He seemed to regain composure with three consecutive shots of 10 after that, but a 7.9 in his ninth shot and 8.7 in his 10th put paid to all hopes of a medal and he was eliminated after the 12th shot to claim sixth place.

Earlier, team mate Prakash Nanjappa had finished 19th in qualification with a score of 556 while Oleh Omelchuk of Ukraine won the Gold in the event.

In the Men’s Double Trap event, Ankur Mittal led the qualifications till the third round of 30 shots each, only to see his hopes of making the finals fade away after shooting scores of 23 and 24 in the last two rounds to eventually finish 21st with a total score of 131. The finals cut was made at 136.

Mohammed Asab finished 26th with a score of 125 while Sangram Dahiya shot 124 to end 27th.

Australia’s James Willett won the Gold in Double Trap Men event while Russia’s Vasily Mosin won the silver and USA’s Walton Eller secured the bronze medal.

On Day six of competition India would be hoping for a good show by Sanjeev Rajput, Gagan Narang and Chain Singh at 50M Rifle Prone Men and by Heena Siddhu at 25m Pistol women.

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