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The Remarkable Story Of Olympian Jitu Rai Who Turned Soil Into Gold

All of us know that behind a great success, there is a great story. If a man who remained unemployed for years and was rejected by many companies in a row can become the founder of a company like Alibaba, then in my view, anyone can do any big deed. Jitu Rai, a former farmer who grew paddy, potato, and corn, just a few years ago on his farm land in Nepal is now a widely known and cherished shooter of India. Today Jitu has earned several awards and recognition throughout, let's have a look at the journey of this man who literally turned the soil into gold. Do read: The story of the Golden Paralympian

Fourth brother among five siblings

Jitu Rai, who was born and brought up in a village of Sankhuwa Sabha district of Nepal has four siblings. He did farming and grew paddy, potato, and corn on his family farm about ten years ago. Later he followed his father's step and joined the Indian army. 

A part of the 11 Gorkha Rifles

Rai is currently a Naib Subedar in the 11 Gorkha Rifles of Indian Army. Originally from Nepal, Jitu possesses Indian citizenship as he has the Indian passport. He could have been a British military man but just before when he was about to apply for the British army he got selected in the Indian army.

The tough time

Rai made it through and got to the Army's shooting squad in 2010-11 but failed to live up to expectations and was subsequently sent back to his unit, putting an end to his training at the AMU in Mhow.

But the one who is stronger than the hurricane is the one that can sustain

In the 2011 National Games, he represented Uttar Pradesh and made a strong comeback and took away the eyes of many selectors in the committee.

2014, the year of achievements!

2014 was the year of Jitu. He made a strong impact as he made it through all the selections and went for the ISSF World Cup in Munich, where he won the silver medal in the 10-meter air pistol event. In the same year, Rai won two medals; a silver in the 50-meter pistol event, and a gold in the 10-meter air pistol event in Maribor.

The first person to have won two medals at a single world cup for India

In the 2014 World cup, Rai was ranked number 1 in the world, in 10-meter air pistol and number 4, in the 50-meter pistol, in July 2014. Following this, in 2014 Commonwealth Games, he made the Games record in the qualification round of the 50-meter pistol event, having scored 562 points and went on to win the Gold Medal in the games. 

Other achievements

The Indian shooter has also managed to win the gold medal in the 50 m pistol category. He also won a bronze in the men's 10 m air pistol team event in the 2014 Asian games in Incheon in South Korea. Also, he has won a silver medal at the ISSF World Cup held in Baku, Azerbaijan in the 10m Air Pistol event in 2016. He was also felicitated with the Khel Ratna award by the Government of India. 

Currently ranked 3rd in world rankings

The small town farmer now stands 3rd in the world ranking for the 10-meter air pistol and 4th in the 50-meter air pistol category.Way to go champ! All the best from Khelega Bharat.