Shooting is one sport where India is always hopeful of medals in International competitions. Naturally, the Rio Olympics is not new in this aspect. We have high hopes from our shooters to bring laurels to our nation. From Abhinav Bindra to Gagan Narang and Vijay Kumar, India has seen some world class shooters. This time around, Jitu Rai is creating a lot of buzz. He is making his debut in the Quadrennial event and we all have high hopes from him.
Jitu’s Character and Our expectations from him
Jitu Rai is known to be a man for big occasions. He is well equipped with the pressure of the game and surely knows how to keep his nerves calm in crunch situations. Rai is world number 2 in the 50m Pistol category, his favorite event where he has pocketed many medals internationally.
The Nepal born shooter realized his passion for shooting when he decided to move to India after his father’s death and got himself admitted to the Indian Army. While, training in Lucknow in the Gorkha Regiment, he thought of taking shooting as a profession and never looked back since then.
But not everything was as easy as it seems. Jitu has had his shares of failures in life. He first made to the Indian Army’s shooting squad in 2011, but had to be sent back to his unit because of poor performance. He turned defeat into success with his sheer hard work and never say die attitude.
JITU RAI”S ACHEIVEMENTS
After trying harder day by day, Jitu Finally tasted success in the 2014 which has proved to the best year in his career so far. The 29 year old won 3 medals in 9 days at the 2014 World Cup. He first captured the Silver Medal in the 10m air pistol event and followed it up with two medals in Maribor. He fetched silver medal in the 50m pistol event and pocketed the Gold Medal in the 10m air pistol.
The Marksman scripted history after he became the first person to win two medals at a Single World Cup for India. Not only that, he also achieved the Numero Uno ranking in the world in the 10m air pistol.
In the same year, during the Common Wealth Games, Jitu continued his superlative form and not only did he created the Games record in the qualification round of the 50m pistol event, but also won the Gold Medal in the same event.
His form continued in the Asian Games as he won two medals in the competitions, one being the Gold.
His Silver medal performance at the 2016 world cup has vested our faith that this Marksman will have a memorable debut Olympics.