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CWG 2018: PM Modi congratulates shooter Jitu Rai, lifter Pradeep Singh

SNS | New Delhi |

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated ace shooter Jitu Rai and lifter Pradeep Singh for winning gold in men’s 10m air pistol, silver in 105kg Weightlifting events, respectively.

PM Narendra Modi said, “India rejoices in the victory of Jitu Rai. He once again demonstrates his prowess, and wins a Gold in the men’s 10m Air Pistol event. Congratulations…”.

“Pardeep Singh is India’s pride. Continuing the glorious performance of our weightlifters, he bags a Silver in the men’s 105kg Weightlifting event. Proud of him…”, said PM Modi in an another tweet.

Indian shooting ace Jitu Rai claimed the gold medal in men’s 10m air pistol event by creating a new Games record, while compatriot Om Prakash Mitharval bagged a bronze at the 21st Commonwealth Games on Monday.

World Championship silver medallist Rai shot 235.1 to finish top. Kerry Bell of Australia took silver with 233.5.

Mitharval, who had established a new qualification record with 584, eventually finished with the bronze medal after aggregating 214.3 in the eight-man finals at the Belmont Shooting Centre.

Australia’s Kerry Bell managed to secure the silver medal with 233.5.

In the finals, Jitu led with 100.4 at the end of stage 1, while Mitharval was third with 98.1.

Indian weightlifter Pardeep Singh (105kg) came close to a gold but eventually settled for a silver after a close contest with Samoa’s Sanele Mao in the Commonwealth Games on Monday.

Singh, the reigning Commonwealth Championships gold-medallist, lifted a total of 352kg (152kg+200kg) to claim the second spot after an exciting showdown with Mao, which had the packed arena on its feet.

The 23-year-old went for 211kg lift, which would have been a new Commonwealth and Games record in clean and jerk, but could not pull it off in his final attempt.