India’s domination at the ongoing ISSF World Cup continued on Wednesday, with ace shooter Jitu Rai clinching a gold in his pet event, the 50m pistol.
Amanpreet Singh added to India’s kitty as well, coming second to Rai in the same 50m pistol event to claim a silver medal.
Rai, who had missed out on an Olympic medal at the 2016 Rio Games, made amends with an impeccable showing in the final round here.
The 29-year-old shooter scored a record total of 230.1, while Amanpreet, who was leading for a major part of the final, finished second after aggregating 226.9 points.
Iran's Vahid Golkhandan won the bronze with a score of 208.0 at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range, New Delhi.
"It's amazing to win this gold medal here during the first combined World Cup held here in India, in front of my supporters. It's a great honour and a true emotion to see the Indian flag flying high," Rai said after winning the Gold medal.
"I didn't have a perfect start today, but I guess that's the fun of the sport. I like it that way, uncertainty is part of the game, otherwise there is no excitement. I climbed into the lead shot after shot and I think it was a nice match," he said.
"I closed the 2016 season with a World Cup Final silver, and I always dreamt about starting 2017 in the best way here in India. I wanted our flag to fly high," he added.
Talking about his future aspirations, the shooter said: "I am planning to compete in all World Cup stages this year. We have ISSF World Cup in Munich ahead of us, and I will work to correct a few things before flying there. I am looking forward to the rest of the season."
With inputs from agencies.