Shooter Jitu Rai clinches silver at ISSF World Cup


New Delhi: Jitu Rai gave a glimpse of his preparations for Rio Olympics as he claimed a silver medal in the men’s 10m air pistol event at the ISSF world cup in Baku. 

The 28-year-old, who won his sixth World Cup medal, finished second behind Brazillian Felipe Almeida Wu, who shot 200 to claim the gold medal. Jin Jongoh of South Korea settled for bronze with a score of 178.8.

With the silver podium finish, Jitu has reaffirmed the belief that he is in good form ahead of the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio de Janerio, Brazil – which begin on 5 August.

Rai is seen as one of India’s biggest medal prospects at the upcoming Rio Games. 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.