Jitu Rai
Jitu Rai (above) in action in Asian Games 2014 © Getty Images

Incheon: Sep 21, 2014

Jitu Rai, on Sunday spearheaded India’s 10-metre air pistol team to clinch the bronze medal in Asian Games 2014 but missed out on an individual medal, finishing fifth, at the Ongnyeon International Shooting Range here. Trap shooting exponents Manavjit Singh Sandhu, Mansher Singh and Kynan Chenai turned in a disappointing show as none of them could qualify for the final round with the team finishing sixth at the Gyeonggido Shooting Range.

A day after winning the gold medal in the 50-metre pistol event, Rai continued his inspiring form to lead the men’s team, also comprising Samresh Jung and Prakash Nanjappa, to give India its second bronze from the sport.

Both India and China were tied on 1,743 points but China clinched the silver on account of an extra x. The Chinese team had 65x to India’s 64x. Rai, who won the 50m gold Saturday, shot 585, Jung 580 and Nanjappa 578.

The gold went to the South Korean team of Kim Cheongyong (585), Jin Jongoh (581) and Lee Daemyung (578) with a total score of 1,744. The Chinese team, consisting of Pang Wei (585), Pu Qifeng (583) and Wang Zhiwei (575), had a total score of 1,743.

In the final round, Rai, who qualified at the fourth place, finished fifth with a score of 138.3. South Koreans Kim Cheongyong (201.2) and three-time Olympic champion Jin Jongoh (179.3) won the gold and the bronze respectively, while the silver went to China’s Pang Wei (199.3).

Rai’s compatriots Jung narrowly missed out after he finished ninth while Nanjappa finished 14th in the qualifying round.

Meanwhile, veteran shooter Mansher, the oldest member of the Indian contingent, was 11th with a score of 117 while former World Champion Manavjt finished 14th with a score of 116 in the qualifying round. Chenai, also a former junior World Champion, finished a distant 36th, out of 46 shooters, with a score of 108.

The Indian team finished sixth with a score of 341 in the team event, where the gold was clinched by China with a total score of 357. Kuwait took the silver with a score of 354 and South Korea settled for the bronze with a score of 345.

The three medals that Indians have won till now are all from shooting. Shweta Chaudhry won the bronze in the women’s 10m air pistol event Saturday to open India’s medal count and shortly after Rai gave the country the first gold medal from the Incheon Games.

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