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Jitu Rai wins gold medal in Commonwealth games in air pistol event with new record

10:30 AM

Jitu Rai won gold in men’s 10m air pistol event setting a new Commonwealth Games record. Om Mitharval, who qualified for the final equaling the CWG qualification record, won silver. Australia’s Kerry Bell won silver shooting a total of 233.5.

Indian Gorkh shooting ace Jitu Rai claimed the gold medal in men's 10m air pistol event by creating a new games record while compatriot Om Prakash Mitharval bagged a bronze at the 21st Commonwealth Games here today.

World Championship silver medallist Rai shot 235.1 to comfortably finish top of the podium.

Mitharval, who had established a new qualification record with 584, eventually finished with the bronze medal after aggregating 214.3 in the eight-man finals at the Belmont Shooting Centre.

Australia's Kerry Bell managed to secure the silver medal with 233.5. In the finals, Jitu led with 100.4 at the end of stage 1, while Mitharval was third with 98.1. 

In stage 2 elimination, Rai started with 10.3 and 10.3 to lead the pecking order, even as his compatriot moved up and displaced Bell at second place with two 10.1s.

Championship Rai continued to surge ahead with a 10.2 but an 8.4 disturbed his momentum somewhat, as the next shot fetched him 9.2. Meanwhile, Mitharval closed the gap as Rai had just 8.8 in the 18th shot to Mitharval's 10.0.

However, Mitharval slipped after that even as Rai managed another 10.0 and maintained the lead throughout to emerge triumphant.

Via Indian Express

Arjuna award for Shiva Thapa, Khel Ratna for Jitu Rai

8:19 AM
Writes: Buddham Moktan Tamang

The terms brave, fierce are very much associated with Gorkhas but now the overall scenario is different.

The so called brave Gorkhas can now be considered the modern Gorkhas of the 21st century who have excelled in many aspect whether it be social, economic, political and also at the intellectual level.

As such it is in this context that the name of Jitu Rai who was representing India at the Rio Oympics 2016 will be conferred the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award 2016, the highest sporting award in the nation

Not only him Shiva thapa who represented India in Boxing will be conferred the Arjuna award 2016 which is really a moment of pride for the entire Gorkha community.

Arjuna award for Shiva Thapa, Khel Ratna for Jitu Rai
Arjuna award for Shiva Thapa, Khel Ratna for Jitu Rai
So we the Gorkhas must be proud of their achievement since we have always been discriminated racially. This is an example where we Gorkhas stand now and we will even be progressing further in near future.

In the process, we also Congratulate our local lad from Siliguri Soumyajit Ghosh who is also receiving Arjuna Award this year.

Congratulations to all the Athletes and Coaches.

Via DT

Jitu Rai's preparations on the Road to Rio 2016 - interview with Olympic Gold Quest

10:00 PM
OGQ spoke to the 2014 Commonwealth Games champion, Jitu Rai, about his preparations on the Road to Rio 2016
Q. You were the first Indian to win a quota for Rio Olympics. How did it feel when you won the quota at the world championships in 2014?
Jitu: I was feeling the pressure at the world championship as it was the first Olympic qualification event. I had planned how I would play the final and at the end I was very happy when I won the quota for India at the very first opportunity and with it a silver medal as well.
Q. Take us through your early days in Shooting. How did you come into shooting?
Jitu: In 2007 I joined the Gorkha regiment of the Indian Army. Actually I was not too interested in shooting. I had never even seen anyone shooting. Army coach GR Garbaraj Rai "ne danda laga ke karaya shooting". I am really grateful to him today. The first gun I used was a 9mm pistol. In 2009, I went to the Army Marksmanship Unit in Mhow where I was not selected in the army team and was sent back to my Lucknow unit. After that setback, I worked very hard day in day out to improve my skills in the 10m air pistol event. I started free pistol only in 2013 and I am very glad that I won a quota in free pistol in 2014.
Q. What is your plan in the lead up to the Rio Olympics. Have you changed anything in your training?
Jitu: No I haven’t changed anything since 2014 be it my approach to a match, technical training or physical fitness. I don’t think that I need to train abroad or under a foreign coach or do things differently. I analyse my game myself and plan out the training schedule. I really like to believe in myself and trust the way I train. I am happy with the way my training is going on at the moment. The Indian Army and OGQ have played a very important role in my training. At OGQ, whatever I ask for related to my training, I get only one answer ‘Jitu ho jayega’.
Q. How do you relax and unwind?
Jitu: My way of relaxing is a bit strange. Whenever I take rest I don’t feel relaxed, it is very tough for me when my coach tells me to take rest for a day or two. I am very relaxed and get good sleep only when I do my physical fitness properly.
Jitu Rai
Jitu Rai
Q. Tell us about your family and your native place in Nepal.
Jitu: I hail from a middle class family. My village is in the middle of a forest. I was born and bought up in that forest. My father used to do farming before he joined the army. My father passed away 9 years ago and after that I joined the Army. It was then I thought to myself that I must do something big for my family. My mother was not aware that I was in the Indian shooting team and was winning medals for India till the time she came to New Delhi when I got the prestigious Arjuna Award last year. I am really happy that I have made a career for myself in shooting.
Q. Who is your favorite athlete? favorite Bollywood actor/actress?
Jitu: My favorite player is a volleyball player from my village as he was the first sportsperson I knew and I love playing volleyball as well. My favorite shooter is London Olympic Silver medalist Vijay Kumar. He has guided me a lot in my journey till now. I don’t have one favorite actress because I like everyone (laughs) but my favorite actor is Aamir Khan.

Via Olympic Gold Quest

Ace Gorkha Shooter Mr. Sisir Rai from Gitdabling Kalimpong‬

12:37 PM
Writes: Rupesh Tamang

Ace Shooter Mr. Sisir Rai from Gitdabling Kalimpong‬ is a Gorkha achiever who despite all odds have excelled in his field. While the whole nation is celebrating the success of Jitu Rai, there are those whose names are yet to catch the popular fancy. Mr. Sisir Rai is one such sportsperson who has stood against all odds and kept his passion for shooting as well as the Gorkha name flying high.

This is his story.
Name: Sisir Rai
Father: Sh. Dil Bahadur Rai,
Mother: Smt Harka Maya Rai,
Wife: Smt. Leena Rai (married in 1997)
Daughters: Nivedita Rai-15 yrs and Sanjina Rai, 6 yrs.
Permanent Address: Village Pochak, PO Gitdabling, PS Kalimpong, Darjeeling (WB),
Present Address: New Police Lines, Kingsway Camp, New Delhi-09.

Academic Qualifications
Primary School: Govt. primary School, Pochak.
Matriculation: Sita Ram Junior Memorial School, Gitdabling
Higher Secondary: St. Georges Higher Secondary School, Pedong
B. Sc : Kalimpong Govt. College.
Ace Gorkha Shooter Mr. Sisir Rai from Gitdabling Kalimpong‬
Ace Gorkha Shooter Mr. Sisir Rai from Gitdabling Kalimpong‬
Mr. Sisir Rai was an excellent sportsperson right from his childhood days; however it was during his NCC days that his knack for shooting and natural talent in the same came to the fore. Perhaps it was his love for Shooting that drove him to join Delhi Police as a constable in 1997, that same year he got married to his sweetheart. It has been 19 years since he joined the Delhi Police and in 2007 he was promoted as the Head Constable.

After joining the Delhi Police, he made his mark in shooting and in 2001 was made a part of the Delhi Police Central Shooting team. In the first year i.e. 2001 of his shooting career, he participated with his team (Central team of Delhi Police) in Delhi State shooting Championship and succeeded to prove his capability when he won one Gold and one Silver medal in .22 prone free rifle.

He also participated in All India Police Games and All India G.V. Mavlankar Shooting Championship (Big Bore) at Phillaur, Punjab in .38 revolver and 303 Rifle.

But such is the life of a policemen, he was transferred to North West District from the Central Team, however he gave in his best and he performed various law & order duties assigned to him during his tenure in the District. During his posting in North-West District, he did Post-Graduation in Computer Science from Allahabad University.

His passion for shooting brought him to fore and in the year 2007, he was once again selected for Delhi Police Shooting Team.

Since 2007, he participated with his team in all events/ tournaments/championships and in every events/ tournaments/ championships he succeeded in winning numerous medals for his team.
Some of his best performances include wining:

2 GOLD: 59th National Shooting Championship (Big Bore) 2016, Team
GOLD: 58th National Shooting Championship (Big Bore) 2015, Team
GOLD: 58th National Shooting Championship (Big Bore) 2014, Team
GOLD: 23rd All India G.V. Mavlankar shooting Championship (Big Bore) 2014, Individual
GOLD: 7th All India Police Shooting Sports Championship 2013, Team
GOLD: 32nd North Zone Shooting Championship, .22 prone 2012, Individual
GOLD: XXVIII Delhi State Shooting Championship, 10mtr Air Rifle 2012, Individual

Every success they say is measured in 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration, despite his knack and natural talent for Shooting, life as a Shoooter wasn’t easy for Mr. Rai. He states, “I was transferred on a regular basis from one unit to another, so it was difficult to pursue my shooting career… moreover, we don’t have basic training facilities like coaching, shooting range, rifle, pistols, ammunition, even target papers for that matter.”

Despite these drawbacks, Mr. Rai has continued to persevere. He managed to buy his own shooting rifles and pistols from his own salary to improve his capabilities.

Such is his passion that in the year 2012, he managed to import a shooting rifle from Germany at the cost of Rs 225,000 all of which he paid from his own savings. He also prepared a 10 mtr air pistol/rifle shooting range in his room and continued to practice in his spare time.

However life is not easy for Mr. Rai as the cost of ammunition are very high and he could not afford to import sufficient ammunition for training and he could only import them for competitions. As such proper shooting kits are crucial for a shooter to perform at his best, but without any financial support from the authorities, Mr. Rai has not been able to afford the best quality shooting kits as they are very expensive.

Despite all the hardships and financial constraints, Mr. Rai has continued to perform to the best of his abilities and won numerous Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for his team.

When asked to comment on his struggles, Mr. Rai says, “Shooting was my dream from childhood and I could achieve the same after joining Delhi Police. I want to continue my shooting career and want to represent for my country at International level and prove my capability to win gold medal for my country.”

Currently, Mr. Rai is coaching his daughter Nivedita Rai in pistol shooting and proudly states, “she has improved herself and got a chance to participate in Delhi State inter School Shooting championship, Open Delhi State Shooting championship in the year 2015. She also qualified for All India Inter School Shooting championship and Sports Crafts shooting Championship.”

We are hopeful that the Delhi Police, Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, Bengal Government and Sports Ministry will come forward and extend financial support to Mr. Sisir Rai and his prodigiously talented daughter, so that they can make the entire nation proud by winning Gold at international tournaments.

If any of our readers want to financially support Mr. Rai and his daughter Nivedita, we’d request you to contact them at:
Phone: 8588855997

Via TheDC

Ace Shooter Jitu Rai Clinches Gold in World Cup

8:37 AM

India’s Pride and Gorkha legend Jitu Rai beat a strong field to win gold in the men’s 50m pistol event shooting World Cup in Bangkok on Friday.

Jitu scored 191.3 points in the final round. Former World and Olympic champion Pang Wei of China took second place with 186.5. Olympic medallist Wang Zhiwei, also of China, finished third with a final round score of 165.8.

Jitu Rai won double gold medals in 35th National Games

11:21 PM
India's latest shooting sensation and Asian Games Champion Jitu Rai won double gold medals in the pistol event while former World Cup winner Ronjan Sodhi bagged the yellow metal in the men's double trap section on the 5th day of the 35th National Games here today.
Twin gold for Jitu at National Games
Twin gold for Jitu at National Games
At the shooting range, Jitu took completed a hat-trick of gold medals when he first combined with Gurpreet Singh and Omkar Singh to ensure a top finish for the SSCB in the 10m pistol team event before coming out trumps in the individual competition.

Jitu, Gurpreet and Omkar totalled 1724 to come out trumps against the Punjab team (1712), which was followed by Uttar Pradesh (1711). He added the individual gold with a score of 200.9, steering clear of the challenge presented by teammate Omkar (197.5) and Madhya Pradesh's Amit Kumar Pilaniya (177.9).

Source: zeenews

Jitu Rai won individual and team gold medal in National Shooting Championship

6:40 PM
Asian and Commonwealth Games gold medalist Jitu Rai walked away with the individual as well as team gold medal in 50-metre men's pistol with Army marksmen dominating proceedings at the 58th National Shooting Championship, here on Sunday.
 Jitu Rai won individual and team gold medal in National Shooting Championship
 Jitu Rai won individual and team gold medal in National Shooting Championship
The Army marksmen, with a total of 1590, won the gold medal in 50-metre junior men's team event at the Chhatrapti Shivaji Balewadi Shooting Range.
Local talent Sumedh Kumar Devlalivala shot a total of 536 to walk away with the gold in 50-metre pistol junior men's category.
Jitu, who took the pole position in the 50-metre pistol event qualification round with a total of 555, shot 193 in the finals, falling short by a single point to match his own personal record of 194 points in the category, which he shot at the Commonwealth Games earlier this year.
Fellow Army marksman Gurpal Singh finished second with a total of 189.8 while Samresh Jung from CISF finished third with 168.5.
In the team event the Army shooters Jitu, Jai Singh and Manjit reigned supreme shooting a total of 1656 points to walk away with the gold.
Air India marksmen Deepak Sharma, Zakir Khan and Md. Asif Iqbal Khan finished second with a total of 1627 points, while Air Force's Ravinder, Kapil Kumar and Monu Tomar finished third with a total of 1611 points.
In the 50-metre pistol junior boys event, local boy Sumedh Kumar Devlalivala and army youngster Prashant Malik shot identical totals of 536 points, but the latter had to settle for the silver thanks to Sumedh's higher inner 10s.
Suraj Bhambani from Delhi had to be content with the bronze medal with a total of 530 points.
In the 50M Jr. Boys team event, the Army Marksmen unit of Prashant Malik, Vasen and Manoj Pal stamped their authority with the gold medal by shooting a total of 1590 points. The silver medal for the category was won by the Maharashtra team of Sumedh Kumar Devlalivala, Sanchit Agashe and Vikas Dhama, who shot 1556.
Tribhuvan Kanwar, Siddharth Kishore Mishra and Yash Modak, representing Delhi, settled for the bronze medal with a total of 1526 points.
Punjab marksman Akshay Jain walked away with the gold
medal in the 50-metre pistol civilian category with 546 points, while Railways marksman Vipin Rana finished second with 546 points and Md. Asif Iqbal Khan of Air India settled for the bronze medal with a total of 540 points.
In the team event Maharashtra's Sumedh Kumar Devlalivala, Rachit Kapadia and Bagul Rajendra walked away with the gold medal with 1583 points, followed by Punjab's Akshay Jain, Jaspal Singh and Avtar Singh with 1576 points.
The railways team of Vipin Rana, Jitendra Vibhute and shyamal Kr. Das settled for the bronze with a total of 1573.

Source: ndtv

Jitu Rai recieved cash award of Rs one crore from UP government

9:57 AM
Ace shooter Jitu Rai was on Saturday handed a cash award of Rs one crore by Uttar Pradesh government for winning a gold medal in the Incheon Asian Games.
Jitu Rai recieved cash award of Rs one crore from UP government
Jitu Rai recieved cash award of Rs one crore
from UP government
Jitu was felicitated by UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav at a function. The Nepal-born marksman said he was happy to represent Uttar Pradesh and has set his sight on Rio Olympics in 2016.

"I have my sight set on Rio Olympics in 2016. I know that it is a difficult target but will continue to hone my skills and compete in tournaments to achieve that level," said Jitu.

"This is my promise. I sincerely appreciate and genuinely need the support from the state government, Army, from my regiment, the 11 Gorkha Rifles, from Olympic Gold Quest who have supported me throughout and the blessings of UP and all my countrymen without which no one can achieve," Naib Subedar Jitu added.

The ace shooter said that he was very happy that he represents UP as no other state has encouraged its sportsperson as the state.

He said that it was also the state where he came in as a young recruit and has been so well groomed to reach upto his current level of achievement.

Chief of Staff, Central Command, Lt Gen GS Shergill and Brigadier Commandant 11 GRRC A Asthana were also present during the felicitation ceremony of Jitu.

Born in Nepal, Jitu joined the Indian Army in 2006 as a soldier in the 11 Gorkha Rifles Regiment, whose training centre is located in Lucknow.

The ace shooter said that he was very happy that he represents UP as no other state has encouraged its sportsperson as the state.

Source: timesofindia

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