Jitu Rai, wins Men’s 50m pistol national title

In Shooting, ace Indian marksman Jitu Rai won the Men’s 50-metre pistol national title, setting a new record score of 233 at the 61st National Shooting Championships in Thiruvananthapuram.

Rai got the better of Navy man Omkar Singh who shot 222.4 in the finals. Jitu’s army teammate Jai Singh secured bronze with an effort of 198.4.

Rai’s score of 233 was a new record in the finals of the event. Rai also won the team gold in the event combining with Jai and Omprakash Mitherwal for a total of 1658, besting Team Air Force, who managed a total of 1626. Punjab in 1624 won bronze.

Arjun Singh Cheema of Punjab won the junior men’s 50-metre pistol event. A total of 4800 men and women shooters from across the country are participating in the Championship including 200 wildcard entries.

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