Three Indian shooters for World Cup Finals

Jitu Rai, Sanjeev Rajput and Mairaj Ahmed Khan will participate in the World Cup Finals to be held in Italy new month.

Jitu Rai had progressed to the air pistol final at Rio last month.   -  PTI

Three Indian shooters - one each in pistol, rifle and shotgun - Jitu Rai, Sanjeev Rajput and Mairaj Ahmad Khan will compete in the World Cup Finals to be held in Italy.

The rifle and pistol competition will be held in Bologna from October 4 to 10. The shotgun events will be in Rome from October 10-16.

The World Championship silver medallist, Jitu Rai, who had made the air pistol final in the Rio Olympics, will compete in both the air and free pistol events. Sanjeev Rajput, who had won the Olympic quota but was not selected to compete in the Olympics, will compete in the men’s rifle 3-position event in which he had won the silver in the World Cup in Baku.

Mairaj Ahmad Khan, who had a fine performance in Rio in which he missed the final on the shoot-off after being tied on 121 out of 125 in skeet, had won the World Cup silver at the same range in Rio. He had, incidentally, lost the gold on the shoot-off after a tie.

The top eight to 10 shooters compete in the World Cup Finals based on the performances in the season, apart from their status as the defending champions or Olympic medallists this time.