Jitu Rai became World Number 1 pistol shooter in the men's 10m air pistol category. This was revealed by the latest rankings released by the International Shooting Federation (ISSF) on 1 July 2014.
Earlier, Rai was ranked 26th in the World but his recent performance in Maribor and Munich Shooting World Cup made him number 1 pistol shooter in the World. At the Maribor Shooting World Cup in June 2014, he won a Gold and a Silver and at the Munich Shooting World Cup in June 2014, he won the Silver medal in 10-meter air pistol.
Apart from Jitu Rai, Indian Prakash Nanjappa also moved up to the fifth spot in the 10m air pistol category. Other Indians to be ranked under top 10 are
• Sanjeev Rajput at 10th position in 50m rifle
• Manavjit Singh Sandhu was placed at 8th position in trap
In women listing, Heena Sidhu was ranked at 4th position in women’s 10m air pistol category, whereas, Ayonika Paul was ranked at World Number 8 in the women’s 10m air rifle category
Jitu Rai, a 27-year-old army man from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh is the seventh Indian shooter to have achieve the feat. The other six to be ranked number 1 in ISSF release were
• Anjali Bhagwat
• Rajyavardhan Rathore
• Gagan Narang
• Manavjit Singh Sandhu
• Ronjon Sodhi
• Heena Sidhu
When: on 1 July 2014