Jitu Rai wins gold in 50 m pistol, Amanpreet silver in ISSF World Cup

first_imgsport Jitu Rai clinched the gold medal with yet another stirring comeback while compatriot Amanpreet Singh bagged the silver in men’s 50m pistol event as India secured its first yellow metal in the ongoing ISSF World Cup, here today.Entering the event a day after claiming the 10m pistol bronze, Rai upped the ante as the final closed in on the elimination rounds.The unassuming Army man shot a total of 230.1, a world record, to finish on top of the podium, while Amanpreet, who was leading for a major part of the final, had to be satisfied with the silver medal after aggregating 226.9.Iran’s Vahid Golkhandan took away the bronze with a score of 208.0 at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range.The 29-year-old Rai was placed sixth at the end of the first two competition series of five shots each with 93.8. At that point Amanpreet was leading the eight—man field with 98.9. The Punjabi shooter then extended his domination with a series of high scores, even as Rai tried to make his way back into contention.A stunning 10.8 in one of the elimination rounds proved to be crucial for Rai, who jumped from sixth to the third position, and knocked out Kazakhstan’s renowned marksman Vladimir Issachenk with a 10.5.Rai kept up the tempo with a 10.4 and 10.0, while Amanpreet, after a fine start in his career’s first World Cup final, had a meltdown.After upstaging Golkhandan, Rai comfortably got the better of Amanpreet in the gold medal round, finishing the event with an excellent 10.5 to lay his claim on the top prize.“It’s amazing to win this gold medal here during the first combined World Cup held here in India, in front of my supporters. It’s a great honour and a true emotion to see the Indian flag flying high,” said Rai.“I didn’t have a perfect start today, but I guess that’s the fun of the sport. I like it that way, uncertainty is part of the game, otherwise there is no excitement. I climbed into the lead shot after shot and I think it was a nice match,” he said.“I closed the 2016 season with a World Cup Final silver, and I always dreamt about starting 2017 in the best way here in India. I wanted our flag to fly high.“I am planning to compete in all World Cup stages this year. We have ISSF World Cup in Munich ahead of us, and I will work to correct a few things before flying there. I am looking forward to the rest of the season,” Rai signed off. SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS Jitu Rai (file photo) COMMENT Published oncenter_img March 01, 2017 × SHARE 0 Jitu Rai (file photo)last_img read more

Dominique Anglade denies rumours shes mobilizing to lead Quebec Liberals

first_imgMONTREAL – A senior member of Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard’s cabinet flatly denied Friday she has begun mobilizing a bid to succeed him as Liberal leader.Dominique Anglade, who is deputy premier as well as economy minister, was quick to quash a report by Bernard Drainville, a former Parti Quebecois cabinet minister who is now a political pundit.Drainville said on Montreal radio station 98.5 FM that several sources told him Anglade was working the Liberal rank and file, even going as far as promising cabinet positions if she became leader.On Twitter, Anglade was quick to categorically deny the rumours and said she welcomed discussing the matter further with Drainville.For his part, Couillard seemed unfazed by the rumours and said he believes Anglade, describing her as a woman of great quality.But he told reporters he wouldn’t necessarily view such an act as a lack of loyalty from Anglade, who was recruited personally by the Liberal leader.Instead, Couillard said it demonstrates he’s been able to surround himself with strong personalities.“I take this with a lot of pride,” Couillard said. “I’ve been able to surround myself with very strong people. That is proof of strong leadership.“You have to be able to see that strong people around a leader are a testament to the strength of leadership. So for me, it’s not a real issue.”Couillard recalled that when he was health minister in former premier Jean Charest’s cabinet, there were stories every two weeks saying Couillard was preparing a succession, which he said was not the case.“So it always happens in political parties,” he said.Quebecers go to the polls Oct. 1.last_img read more

Terry Bradshaw Roasted At Friars Club ESPN Super Bowl Event

first_imgSports Legend and Broadcaster Terry Bradshaw was honored last week at the Friars Club ESPN Super Bowl Roast at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix, AZ.Jordin Sparks opened the Roast singing The National Anthem. Terry Bradshaw entered to a standing ovation, trailed by cheerleaders from Arizona State University. Host Joel McHale started the roasting as soon as Bradshaw took his seat on-­‐stage.“Terry Bradshaw’s greatest achievement is being bald while still having a mullet,” McHale joked. “And as a thank you for a long, inspiring career, you’ll be insulted for the next hour.”Roasters included comedians, sportscasters and actors Rob Riggle, Lisa Lampanelli, Jim Norton, Frank Caliendo, Jerry Lewis, Curt Menefee, Jeff Ross, Michelle Beadle and Reese Waters.To round out the event, Bradshaw’s NFL Sunday co-­‐host Howie Long presented the Friars Club Sports Icon Award to Bradshaw to honor his legendary sports career and commitment to giving back through his charitable work.After receiving his Award, Bradshaw thanked his Roasters, the Friars Club and his wife and daughter for supporting him and gave special recognition to Long for his kind words.“I’m glad Howie came up here and said some nice things about me because this was starting to wear on me a bit,” Bradshaw said with a laugh.Bradshaw added that he could still have a great outlook after two hours of jokes at his expense because the Friars Club Roast supports so many wonderful causes. Proceeds from the event benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation Arizona, The V Foundation for Cancer Research and the Gift of Laughter Wounded Warrior Program, a project of the Friars Foundation that provides uplifting entertainment to enhance and increase the wellbeing and positive attitude of troops injured in Iraq and Afghanistan who are currently in military hospitals throughout the United States and in Europe.Additional guests included Joe Namath, Franco Harris, former Governor Jan Brewer, Jerry Weiers (Mayor of Glendle, AZ), Mel Blount and Lydell Mitchell, among many others. Eric Crown, co-­founder and current Chairman Emeritus of the Tempe, Arizona based Insight Enterprises was also honored for his philanthropic work.Redd’s Wicked Apple is the Title Sponsor of the Roast and Broadcast. Redd’s has been a friend of the Friars having sponsored previous Friars Roasts including Boomer Esiason and Jack Black. Delta Air Lines is a sponsor of the event and the Friars Club’s signature airline. Godiva Chocolatier was also a major sponsor of the Roast.last_img read more