The Boy Who Could Not Qualify In Army Trials In 2006 Is Now The No.1 Pistol Shooter In The World
Success needs nothing but hard work and dedication. This has been recently proved by Jitu Rai, who fought all odds and became World’s number One 10m rifle shooter. It all started when Rai, a Lucknow born boy, joined the Indian Army`s 11th Gorkha Regiment in 2006 where he was first handed a rifle but was sent back due to his poor performance at the Mhow trials. Having developed an interest in shooting, he started practicing and training in air pistol and participated in his first nationals in 2009. After winning three medals in the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup editions in Munich and Slovenia, this 27-year-old shooter is the seventh Indian shooter to achieve this spot. Rai bagged a historical Gold after winning a Silver in the men’s air pistol event and became the first Indian shooter to win two medals in a World Cup championship.