India’s Jitu Rai finished sixth in the men’s 50m pistol event on the fifth day of the lnternational Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup (Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun) being held at the Olympic Shooting Centre here.
Jitu, who is the World No. 1 in the event, qualified for the finals in fourth position, shooting a score of 563. He began the finals on the backfoot, registering two shots of eight points each to start with. He seemed to regain composure with three consecutive shots of 10 after that, but a 7.9 in his ninth shot and 8.7 in his 10th put paid to all hopes of a medal.
Jitu was eventually eliminated after the 12th shot to claim sixth place.
Earlier, Jitu’s teammate Prakash Nanjappa had finished 19th in qualification with a score of 556. Oleh Omelchuk of Ukraine won the gold in the event.
In the other event of the day, the men’s Double Trap, Ankur Mittal stumbled in the last two rounds and missed the knock-out phase by five points. Ankur shot a series of 28, 27, 29, 23 and 24 that placed him 21st with a total of 131. Mohd Asab (125) who had narrowly missed the Olympic quota place, and Sangram Dahiya (124) were further down in a field of 38 shooters.
James Willett , a 20-year-old farmer from Australia who had placed fourth in the last World Championship in Lonato, beat World Champion and London Games bronze medallist Vasily Mosin of Russia 2-1 in the shoot-off after the two had tied on 27 in the gold contest. Both had topped qualification with 138. Beijing Olympics champion and two time
World champion Walton Eller of the U.S. bagged the bronze.
Men: 50m free pistol: 1. Oleh Omelchuk (Ukr) 191.3 (564); 2. Jin Jongoh (Kor) 189.4 (570); 3. Wang Zhiwei (Chn) 169.7 (568); 6. Jitu Rai 108.9 (563); 19. Prakash Nanjappa 556.
Double trap: 1. James Willett (Aus) 27(2) 27 (138); 2. Vassily Mosin (Rus) 27(1) 27 (138); 3. Walton Elller (US) 28 (25) 137; 4. Antonino Barilla (Ita) 23 (26) 137; 21. Ankur Mittal 131; 26. Mohd Asab 125; 27. Sangram Dahiya 124.