Jitu Rai wins ISSF Pistol Champions Trophy

"A lot of people were hoping that I will deliver a medal, but I couldn't and that makes me want to apologise" Gaurav Kalra

India's Jitu Rai won the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Champions Trophy, after beating Serbia's Damir Mikec 29.6 to 28.3 in the final of the 10m Air Pistol event. Jitu also claimed the Euro 5000 cash award which comes with the title. The ISSF Rifle Champions Trophy, meanwhile, was claimed by Russia s Sergey Kamenskiy.

The Champions Trophy matches were held at the end of the World Cup Final, competitions for which ended on Sunday at the TSN Shooting Range in Bologna, Italy.

"Jitu Rai is in a league of his own in the world of Pistol shooting and the Champions Trophy win reiterates his versatility as a shooter. On behalf of the NRAI, we congratulate him on his latest success and wish him all the best in continuing to bring laurels for the country," Raninder Singh, the president of the National Rifle Association of India, said.

All World Final medalists in the men's and women's events were eligible to participate in the Champions Trophy and had to choose between a 10m Air Rifle and 10m Air Pistol match.

The matches were then conducted in an elimination format, where after the first four shots, the athlete with the lowest score was the first to be eliminated. One athlete was subsequently eliminated after each shot till only two remained.

Their scores were then set back to zero and three single shots determined the winner.

Earlier in the World Cup, he had won silver in 50m pistol before finishing sixth in the men's 10m air pistol event.