Jitu Rai has become the first Indian shooter to qualify for the Rio De Janerio 2016 Summer Olympics after winning silver medal in the Men's 50m Pistol event at the 51st ISSF World Championship in Spain. The 25-year-old Rai narrowly lost out on gold to South Korean double Olympic champion and World Record holder Jin Jingoh in a closely contested final.
Jin shot a total of 192.3 over 20 shots in the final, while Jitu finished with a score of 191.1. Pang Wei of China, also an Olympic champion, finished third to settle for the bronze, while Hoang Xuan Vinh came in fourth to bag the last Olympic quota on offer.
Jitu, currently fifth in the ISSF world rankings, is having a dream year after having won the Commonwealth Games gold medal at Glasgow in July-August. This is his fifth consecutive international medal in 2014.