Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi
He may have made a late entry to competitive shooting, but Jitu Rai has certainly made up for that loss by putting in stupendous performances on a consistent basis on the world stage.
Currently ranked 1st in the 10m Air pistol rankings and 4th in the 50m pistol category, the 27-year-old had an unbelievable 2014, where he won the Gold in the 10m Air Rifle category and clinched the silvers in the 10m Air pistol category and 50m pistol category at the ISSF World Cup, thereby becoming the first Indian to win 2 medals at a single World Cup.
He backed that up with yet another silver in the World Championships, held in Grenada and then went one notch above at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, by winning the Gold in 50m pistol event and then clinching the Gold and the bronze in the 50m pistol and 10m Air pistol team category at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.
India would certainly be hoping that Jitu continues to deliver exceptional results for the country and helps them win a 3rd successive medal in shooting at the Rio Olympics next year.