20 September 2014 :: World No.5 Jitu Rai emerged champion in the men’s 50 metre pistol event to give India its first gold medal from the 17th Asian Games
Jitu Rai (born 25 August 1989) is an Indian shooter of Nepalese origin who competes in the 10 metre air pistol and 50 metre pistol events.
In 2014, at the ISSF World Cup in Munich, he won the silver medal medal in the 10 metre air pistol event having scored 199.4 points in the final. Following this, in Maribor, Slovenia, Rai won two medals; a silver in the 50 metre pistol event, having scored 193.9 points in the final and a gold in the 10 metre air pistol event, having scored 200.8 points in the final. In the process, he won three medals in nine days at the World Cup and also became the first Indian to have won two medals at a single world cup.Following his achievements, he was ranked number 1 in the world, in 10 metre air pistol and number 4, in 50 metre pistol, in July 2014.
At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Rai created the Games record in the qualification round of the 50 metre pistol event, having scored 562 points. He went on to win the gold medal in the event, scoring 194.1 points in the final, thus creating another Games record.