Born on 26th August 1987 in Sankhuwasabha, Nepal, Jitu Rai is a much-publicized Indian shooter specialized in 10m and 50m pistol category. Jitu has earned numerous achievements in his career.
Few of his achievements are listed here:-
Jitu bagged gold medals in Commonwealth Games and World Cup of 2014 in 50m pistol shooting and 10m air pistol event respectively.
He is the first Indian to gain a gold medal in Asian Games’50 m pistol event, held in Incheon in 2014.The same year, he was ranked as the world No.1 shooter of 10m Air pistol category.
He is the only professional shooter to win a gold medal at the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games of 2014.
He received the honour of "Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award" in 2016 for his astounding performances in shooting.
He is also the first Indian shooter who has gained 2 medals in asingle World Cup event.
In 2017, Jitu played a significant role to bag a gold medal at the ISSF World Cup10 m air pistol mixed team event. The same year, he earned two bronze medals at the Commonwealth Shooting Federation Championships.
At the Commonwealth Games of 2018, Jitu gave an eye-catching performance in the 10 m air pistol event and bagged a gold medal. Besides this, he also earned a bronze in the 10 m air pistol event of the ISSF World Cup of the year.
Hestrie Cloete, born on 26th August 1978, is a former high jumper from South Africa. She was awarded the "Order of Ikhamanga in Silver (OIS)" by the South African president Thabo Mbeki in 2003 for her excellence in sports.
Her other Achievements:-
Bagged two silver medals in 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics held in Sydney and Athens respectively
Earned gold medal at the IAAF World Championships in the years 2001 and 2003
Won gold medals at the 1998 and 2002Commonwealth Games
Earned gold medals in 1995 and 1999 All-African Games
Bagged gold medals at the African Championships in 1998, 2002 and 2004