Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu clinch Mixed Team Air Pistol gold at ISSF World Cup

Jun 13, 2017 14:25 IST

Ace Indian shooters Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu on 12 June 2017 won the gold medal in the Mixed Team Air Pistol event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Rifle/Pistol stage.

Rai and Sidhu defeated Russia 7-6 in the final to grab the medal.

On the other hand, France grabbed the bronze in the event by defeating Iran.

Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu clinch Mixed Team Air Pistol gold at ISSF World Cup

Earlier on 11 June 2017, both Rai and Sidhu had narrowly missed making the final of the individual men's and women's 10m Air Pistol event, when they finished 12th and 9th in their respective qualification rounds.

Overall, China leads the medal tally with six medals, out of which three are gold medals.

A total of 430 athletes from 45 countries are competing for medals at Gabala World Cup, which will be the last chance for Rifle and Pistol shooters to qualify for the year-end showpiece, the ISSF World Cup Finals (WCF).

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About ISSF World Cup

The ISSF World Cup was introduced by the International Shooting Sport Federation in 1986.

It was introduced to provide a homogeneous system for qualification to the Olympic shooting competitions.

It still is carried out in the Olympic shooting events, with four competitions per year in each event.

For the year 2017, World Cup 1 for the Rifle and Pistol event was held in New Delhi. The next one was held in Munich, Germany. The ongoing World Cup is taking place in Gabala in Azerbaijan. The World Cup Final will take place in New Delhi.

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