Shooting

Published: Wednesday December 11, 2013 MYT 5:50:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday December 11, 2013 MYT 5:51:53 PM

Blanks from shooting at 50m rifle prone

Mohd Lutfi Othman finished 13th with 607.5 in the men's 50m rifle prone event at the SEA Games. - Bernama Photo

Mohd Lutfi Othman finished 13th with 607.5 in the men's 50m rifle prone event at the SEA Games. - Bernama Photo

NAYPYITAW: There was no opening act joy for Malaysia in Yangon on Wednesday when shooting fired blanks at the North Dagon Shooting Range.

Shooting was the first sport to offer a medal in Yangon but Malaysia’s trio of Muhd Ezuan Nasir Khan, Mohd Lutfi Othman and Mohd Aimullah Nik Supardi failed miserably in the men’s 50m rifle prone.

Ezuan, hoping to get it right in his second SEA Games outing, flopped to 15th spot with his score of 606.6 in the individual event.

“My best is not good enough. This is my only event in the SEA Games and now, I will have to head back home,” said Ezuan, who arrived in Myanmar on Monday.

Debutant Lutfi did better when he finished 13th with 607.5 while Aimullah had the same score with Ezuan but lost out on a tiebreaker to finish 16th out of 24 shooters.

In the team event, the trio only managed a dismal sixth position with a total score of 1820.7 points.

Thailand and Vietnam displayed their superiority when they bagged the men’s individual and team gold medals respectively.

Malaysia’s team manager Datuk Sabiamad Abdul Ahad said that the poor start would not dampen their spirits.

“In this event, our shooters were one class below their rivals but it was good exposure for them. They are young and can look forward to more Games,” said Sabiamad.

“Shooting is still confident that we will meet our one gold medal target. We have good women rifle and pistol shooters,” he added.

The spotlight will surely be on two former Commonwealth Games gold medallists Nur Suryani Taibi and Joseline Cheah in the rifle and pistol events.

Tags / Keywords: shooting, SEA Games, Myanmar, Naypyitaw, Nyapidaw, 50m rifle prone, Muhd Ezuan Nasir Khan, Mohd Lutfi Othman, Mohd Aimullah Nik Supardi

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