Shooting

Published: Thursday December 12, 2013 MYT 2:51:00 PM
Updated: Thursday December 12, 2013 MYT 2:53:11 PM

Shooting girls earn bronze in 50m rifle prone

Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi aiming for the target during the 50m rifle prone event on Dec 12, 2013. Along with Muslifah Zulkifli and Haslisa Hamed, she won the bronze in the women’s 50m rifle prone team event.

Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi aiming for the target during the 50m rifle prone event on Dec 12, 2013. Along with Muslifah Zulkifli and Haslisa Hamed, she won the bronze in the women’s 50m rifle prone team event.

YANGON: Malaysia won a first medal at the North Dagon Shooting Range here when Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi, Muslifah Zulkifli and Haslisa Hamed delivered a bronze in the women’s 50m rifle prone team event.

The trio gunned down a total of 1,739 points to pip Vietnam to third spot by a single point. Malaysia were in fourth position heading into the sixth and final round but managed to overtake the Vietnam team right at the death.

Favourites Thailand won the gold with 1,775 points, while hosts Myanmar took the silver with 1,767 points.

Despite the bronze medal finish in the team event, the Malaysian shooters failed to get into medal contention in the individual category.

Muslifah was the best Malaysian finisher in 10th spot on 583 points, with Nur Suryani in 11th position a point adrift. Haslisa finished 16th out of 17 shooters in the competition with 574 points.

Khaw Thu Thu of Myanmar was the surprise gold medal winner after nailing 595 points out of a perfect 600 on offer. She beat out Thailand’s pre-tournament favourites A. Chatpinbung (594) and R. Plengsaengthong (591) who had to settle for the silver and bronze respectively.

“Despite the late recovery to snatch the team bronze, it is frustrating that we finished poorly in the individual category,” said Muslifah.

“We were consistently awarded 96 and 97 points by the electronic scoring system although I felt I was hitting the target more accurately.”

Veteran shooter Nur Suryani was calmer and attributed her poor individual performance to not getting the right feel while shooting.

“This is my first major competition since returning from maternity leave earlier this year. In a 50m event, there is no room for error and all the conditions need to be perfect to deliver. I felt a bit nervous out there and this affected my scores.

“This is the only women’s rifle event contested in Myanmar. It is now back to training to prepare for next year’s Commonwealth and Asian Games,” said the 31-year-old.

On Friday, Abdul Hadi Malek, Eddy Chew and Johnathan Wong will attempt to end Malaysia’s shooting gold drought in the men’s 50m free pistol.

Tags / Keywords: shooting, SEA Games, Myanmar, 50m rifle prone, Malaysia

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