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Jitu Rai wins Champion of Champions pistol award of ISSF

Ace Indian Shooter Jitu Rai has won the 2016 Champion of Champions pistol Award of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) for pistol shooting.

He won the award consisting cash prize of €5000 in the World Cup Final held in Bologna, Italy. In the 10 m Air Pistol Champions Trophy final Jitu Rail defeated Damir Mikec of Serbia by 29.6 to 28.3 points. Olympic champion Anna Korakaki finished third in this event.

10 m Air Pistol Champions Trophy

It was the mixed knock-out competition meant only for the medallists in the World Cup Final. In this event shooters are eliminated after the first four shots, one each after every successive shot. The last two compete on a three-shot format.

Other Awards

In the rifle event category, the honour went to Sergey Kamenskiy of Russia. He had defeated two-time Olympian Du Li of China by 31.7 to 31.6 points. London Olympics champion Yi Siling of China took the third place.

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National Sports Awards 2016

The Union Government bestows National Sports Awards every year to recognize and reward excellence in sports in India.

These awards include Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Dronacharya Award, Arjuna Award, Dhyan Chand Award, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy and Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar .

2016 Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award

  • It is India’s highest sporting award given for the spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of four years.
  • Recipients are: PV Sindhu (Badminton), Sakshi Malik (Wrestling), Dipa Karmakar (Gymnastics) and Jitu Rai (Shooting).

2016 Dronacharya Award

  • It bestowed upon coaches for producing medal winners at prestigious international sports events.
  • Recipients are: Nagapuri Ramesh (Athletics),Sagar Mal Dhayal (Boxing), Raj Kumar Sharma (Cricket),Bishweshwar Nandi (Gymnastics), S. Pradeep Kumar (Swimming) and Mahabir Singh (Wrestling).

2016 Arjuna Award

  • It is India’s second highest sporting award bestowed upon sportsperson for consistently outstanding performance for four years.
  • Recipients are: Rajat Chauhan (Archery), Lalita Babar (Athletics),Sourav Kothari (Billiards & Snooker), Shiva Thapa (Boxing),Ajinkya Rahane (Cricket), Subrata Paul (Football), Rani (Hockey),Raghunath V.R. (Hockey), Gurpreet Singh (Shooting), Apurvi Chandela (Shooting), Soumyajit Ghosh (Table Tennis),Vinesh (Wrestling), Amit Kumar (Wrestling), Sandeep Singh Mann (Para-Athletics) and Virender Singh (Wrestling).

2016 Dhyan Chand Award

  • It is bestowed upon sportspersons for life time contribution to sports development.
  • Recipients are: Satti Geetha (Athletics), Sylvanus Dung Dung (Hockey) and Rajendra Pralhad Shelke (Rowing).

2015-16 Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy

  • It is bestowed upon overall top performing university in inter-university tournaments.
  • Recipient: Punjabi University, Patiala.

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Jitu Rai wins silver medal in ISSF World Cup

Ace Indian shooter Jitu Rai won silver medal at the ISSF (International Shooting Sport Federation) Shooting World Cup held in Baku, Azerbaijan.

In the final match, Rai shot 199.5 score to bag the silver medal in men’s 10m air pistol. He pipped three-time Olympic champion Jongoh Jin of South Korea to win silver medal.

In the men’s 10m air pistol event Brazilian shooter Felipe Almeida Wu won the gold medal, and South Korea’s Jin Jongoh won the bronze medal.

It was Jitu Rai’s second medal in a World Cup 2016 season and earlier had won the gold medal in the free pistol event in the first World Cup held in Bangkok, Thailand.

He already has qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics after he had won silver medal in the 50m Free Pistol event in 2014 at the World Championships in Granada.

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