Veteran shooter Jitu Rai and his compatriot Om Mitharval have bagged gold and bronze medals, respectively, in the men’s 10m Air Pistol event of the 21st Commonwealth Games. Jitu Rai after shooting 235.1, a Commonwealth Games record, has the gold while Mitharval secured the bronze medal with 214.3 points. In shooting, after India brought three medals on Day 4 of CWG 2018, the momentum carried on to Day 5 as well. Adding these two medals from shooting, India now has 15 medals, eight gold, four silver and three bronze.
Jitu Rai never squandered his lead in the game as he was the leader of the board after Stage-I. Mitharval, on the other hand, was third after Stage-I. While Rai maintained his rankings, Mitharval moved to the silver medal position in Stage-II or Eliminator. Rai and Mitharval both continued to lead on the first and second positions till the final three were left in the eliminator, thus assuring two medals for India. However, Australia’s Kerry Bell with a 10.2 and 9.8 shot excelled as Mitharval fell short after he shot 8.4 and 10.5 to finish with a bronze. Rai and Bell then had a shoot-off for the coveted gold when Bell fumbled, shooting a 9.8 after a 10.2, while the Indian persisted with a 10.0 and 9.7 to take the top position.
Jitu Rai had previously won Gold in the 50m air pistol at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. This is his first appearance in the 10m air pistol event at the Commonwealth Games. 23-year-old Mitharval, participating in his first Commonwealth Games, finished first in the qualification round after shooting 584 points to equal the Commonwealth Games record.