Jitu Rai, Heena Sidhu win gold at ISSF Shooting World Cup

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Jitu Rai (L), Heena Sidhu (R) (Photo: Twitter)

Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu outclassed their Russian counterparts by 7-6 in the mixed team air pistol final.

Indian shooting pair of Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu outclassed their Russian counterparts by 7-6 in the mixed team air pistol final event to win a gold medal at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup at Gabala in Azerbaijan on Monday.

Russia were given the consolidating silver medal, while France bagged bronze after beating Iran by 7-6 in the third-place match.

Both Jitu and Heena had earlier missed to qualify for the final at men's and women's 10 m air pistol event respectively. They had finished 12th and ninth in their respective qualification rounds.

Mixed team events are not being counted in the medal tally at the World Cup stage this year, but the category will be added in Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

It was the second gold for Jitu and Heena in a mixed team event as earlier in February the Indians won the same at the World Cup in New Delhi.

So far at Gabala, China is leading the medal tally with a total of six medals, including three gold medals.

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