New Delhi: Ace pistol shooter Jitu Rai staged a remarkable comeback to clinch the bronze medal in the 10m air pistol event for India's fourth podium finish in the ongoing ISSF World Cup here on Tuesday.
The 29-year-old shot a total of 216.7 in the eight-man final to finish third.
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The Asian Games and World Championships silver-medalist was languishing at the seventh position after the end of the first competition series that included an 8.8.
But he clawed his way back with two 10.6 and a 10 in the second competition series. At the end of that series, Rai was placed sixth with a total of 98.7.
He continued to be in sixth spot even in the elimination stage at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range. He shot two successive 10s to continue his gradual ascent.
The Army man roared back to contention with a couple of 10.6 and ensured a bronze with a 9.9, finishing ahead of China's Zhanyi Xu (197.9).
With a lead of 0.1 point over Vietnam's Xuang Vinh Hoang, Rai was in the hunt for a silver, but an 8.6 meant he had to be content with the bronze.
The gold went to Japan's Tomoyuki Matsuda with a world record total of 240.1 points, while Vinh Hoang claimed silver with 236.6 points.
The other Indians in the fray in the air pistol event -- Omkar Singh and Amanpreet Singh -- failed to cross the qualification stage.