Read who brought India’s first medal at the Shooting World Cup

Heena Sidhu and Jitu Rai have finally claimed a medal for India in the Shooting World Cup.

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India’s current campaign in the ongoing International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Shooting World Cup Rifle/Pistol series held in Gabala, Azerbaijan had been a pretty disappointing one.

In course of the Shooting World Cup, India’s Sanjeev Rajput had failed to qualify for the final of men’s 50m rifle prone event. 2012 Olympic Bronze medallist Gagan Narang finished 25th in the same discipline. In the 10m air pistol event, Jitu Rai finished 12th followed by fellow Indians Prakash Nanjappa and Omkar Singh.

Heena Sidhu and Jitu Rai have finally claimed a medal for India in the Shooting World Cup. In the 10 metre, mixed Air Pistol event, the Indian duo brought glory to the nation of 1.3 billion people by winning gold. The Mixed team event is one of the newest inclusions for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

The Indian team struggled initially in the final, and at one time were even trailing 0-4 against the Russians. Both the world class Indian shooters then had to pull out their A-Game in the later parts of the contest to clinch victory for India

Heena Sidhu is a former Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist and also the third Indian in history (after Anjali Bhagwat and Gagan Narang) to win a Gold at the World Cup finals for India. She is also an Arjun Awardee.

Jitu Rai is a former Commonwealth, Asian Games and World Cup gold medallist. He has been awarded with the Rajeev Gandhi Khel Ratna award.

Altogether 430 athletes from 45 countries are competing for medals at the Gabala World Cup. This is the last chance for rifle and pistol shooters to qualify for the ISSF World Cup Finals to be held in New Delhi. The World Cup Finals will feature the eight best shooters of the world in each Olympic discipline, along with reigning Olympic and World Championship medallists, and wild-cards squaring-off against each other.

In the current tournament India are represented by a 23-member Rifle and Pistol squad, comprising of 12 women and 11 men.

Photo by public.resource.org

Photo by public.resource.org

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