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Saturday December 14, 2013 MYT 3:56:00 PM
Saturday December 14, 2013 MYT 3:57:42 PM
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(From left) Bibiana Ng, Wahidah Ismail and Joseline Cheah posing for photographers after winning the silver medal in the women's 10m air pistol team event in Yangon, Myanmar. – IZZRAFIQ ALIAS / The Star
YANGON: The women’s 10m air pistol individual gold medal continued to elude Bibiana Ng, who had to be contented with winning the team silver at the North Dagon Shooting Range here on Saturday.
The trio of Bibiana, Joseline Cheah and Wahidah Ismail held off a late charge by the Singapore shooters to take second place behind Vietnam in the team event.
The Malaysians shot down a combined total of 1,111 points – a mere two points ahead of third-placed Singapore. Vietnam clinched the gold with 1,118 points.
Bibiana and Joseline, who qualified for the eight-shooter individual finals in sixth and seventh positions respectively, failed to maintain their form in the finals.
They again finished in the same rankings during the elimination finals.
The individual event was won by Vietnam’s Nguyen Minh Chau, with her compatriot Le Thi Hoang Ngoc taking the bronze and Singapore’s Teo Shun Xie securing the silver.
Bibiana has been chasing the 10m air pistol individual gold medal since making her debut in the event at the 1997 Jakarta Games.
“I cannot fault anyone but myself for failing yet again to win the gold in the individual event. My best effort today was not good enough to get among the medals,” said the 36-year-old, who won an individual silver in the event in Laos four years ago.
“It is not all doom and gloom for us today because we managed to hold off Singapore to take the team silver. It is better than returning empty-handed.”
Bibiana still has the 25m sport pistol event on Monday to look forward to.
Joseline is already looking ahead to next year’s Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.
“I prefer to look ahead to the next challenge rather than spend time talking about why I failed to win an individual medal. I had high hopes of doing well here after failing to win a medal in the event in the last three Games. I am satisfied with the team silver,” said the 30-year-old, who is only competing in one event.
The third member of the silver medal-winning team Wahidah only had herself to blame for not making the cut to the eight-shooter finals.
The SEA Games rookie lost focus towards the end of her round as she was rushing to beat the clock. She was placed 10th out of 18 shooters after the preliminary round with 369 points – just two short of securing the last berth for the finals.
But the 23-year-old, who won the 10m air pistol gold medal at the SEA Shooting Championships in Subang last month, can take heart from her share of points, which allowed Malaysia to stave off Singapore and secure the team silver medal.
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