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Sports Affairs: ISSF World Cup - Indian Jitu Rai Wins Silver Medal

ISSF World Cup - 10m Air Pistol - Indian Jitu Rai wins Silver Medal
Jitu Rai
Pistol King Jitu Rai

'Pistol King' Jitu Rai pipped three-time Olympic champion Jongoh Jin of Korea to clinch the silver medal at the ISSF Shooting World Cup here 25.06.2016 today. ISSF World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan, Rai shot 199.5 in the finals to bag the silver medal in men's 10m air pistol and signalling his intentions ahead of the Rio Games. It was Rai's sixth World Cup medal and second this year after winning one in Bangkok.

Rai is seen as one of India's biggest medal prospects in at the upcoming Rio Olympics. Former world number one Heena Sidhu qualified for the finals of women's 25m pistol after finishing fifth in the qualification stage with 582. The World Cup in Baku is the last shooting tournament before the Olympics in August.

About ISSF (International Shooting Sport Federation) World Cup

The ISSF World Cup was introduced by the International Shooting Sport Federation in 1986 to provide a homogeneous system for qualification to the Olympic shooting competitions. It still is carried out in the Olympic shooting events, with four competitions per year in each event. For the best shooters there is since 1988 a World Cup Final.

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