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New Delhi, Sep 20 :  National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) president Raninder Singh Saturday congratulated Jitu Rai and Shweta Chaudhry, who won the gold and bronze on the first competition day of the 17th Asian Games at Incheon. World No.5 Rai, fresh from his silver medal finish at the World Championships in Spain, clinched the yellow metal in men’s 50 metre pistol while World No.46 Shweta brought home the 10m air pistol bronze. Also Read - International Flights: Air India Plans To Operate Special Flight From Basra To New Delhi On September 17 | Details Here

Identifying Rai’s consistency as his strong point, Raninder said his performance is an inspiration for his teammates and hopes that the Commonwealth Games gold medallist will earn more laurels for the country. “It’s a great feeling to see Jitu Rai do it again. His consistency and hunger for more has helped him outclass the field very often. Jitu has earned the rare distinction in international shooting — for a single athlete to earn a medal for his country in every competition he has participated in this calendar year,” Raninder said in a statement. Also Read - In a Heartfelt Tribute, Spanish Mountaineer Names Peak After Uttarakhand IAS Officer; Here's the Reason Why

“He is truly a phenomenon and inspiration to our country and his team mates. We hope that he earns many more laurels for us in the days to come,” added Raninder, who is in Granada, Spain, with the Indian team which is participating at the World Shooting Championships. Raninder also praised Shweta, who also had won the women’s 10m air pistol silver at the 2006 Doha Games, for bagging her second Asiad medal in South Korea.

“Shweta’s bronze in the 10m Air Pistol category has once again proven that the Indian shooting squad has a strong bench and we are in Incheon to win medals. Shweta has performed brilliantly and kept the national flag flying high,” said Raninder. “We hope that Shweta and Jitu form to be the stepping stone for many more medals in the Asian Games this year and it helps to uplift the confidence level of the Indian contingent.”

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