Indian shooters Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu have clinched the gold medal in mixed team 10m air pistol event of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup held at Gabala, Azerbaijan.
However, Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu narrowly missed out making to the finals of the individual men’s and women’s 10m air pistol event. While Jitu Rai finished 12th, Heena Sidhu finished 9th in their respective qualification rounds. Only top 8 are eligible to compete in the finals.
Significantly, mixed team events have been approved as medal events for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. This win is the Indian pair’s second World Cup gold together.
A total of 430 athletes from 45 nations are participating in the Gabala World Cup to qualify for the the ISSF World Cup Finals (WCF). The event will be the last chance for Rifle and Pistol shooters to qualify as only eight best shooters of the world in each Olympic discipline along with reigning Olympic and World Championship medalists and wild-cards will be able to compete in the WCF. China leads the medal tally at Gabala.