Shooting

Published: Tuesday December 17, 2013 MYT 5:07:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday December 17, 2013 MYT 5:11:25 PM

Heartbreak hotel for Nur Masitah in final shootout

Siti Nur Masitah (centre) being consoled by her team-mates after finding out she had lost the 25m sport pistol final to a Singapore shooter after initially thinking she had won it.

Siti Nur Masitah (centre) being consoled by her team-mates after finding out she had lost the 25m sport pistol final to a Singapore shooter after initially thinking she had won it.

YANGON: Siti Nur Masitah Badrin was clueless that she had lost the women’s 25m sport pistol individual final shootout in the very last shot at the North Dagon Shooting Arena here on Tuesday.

Nobody informed her that she had to settle for the silver after losing the shootout 9-7 right at the death to Singapore’s Nicole Tan.

Not hearing the announcement made over the PA system, a happy-looking Siti thought she had won the gold. She gave a victory interview to the mystified Malaysian media, who were too dumbfounded to break the truth to her.

When she did receive the bad news from her coach Mohd Hashim Desa moments later, the Malaysian shooter broke into tears.

But the 27-year-old’s feat in securing the silver medal was remarkable as she had earlier barely survived the cut to the eight-shooter individual finals.

She had started Tuesday’s rapid rounds in 10th position following Monday’s precision rounds but improved to seventh to qualify for the finals.

In the elimination finals, she shot her way to the top spot with 11 points to book her spot in the shootout for the gold medal.

In the gold medal shootout, Siti was neck-and-neck with Nicole and was tied 7-7 heading into the final series, when Nicole hit the bull’s-eye with a 10.3 in her final shot to clinch the gold.

“I am thankful for winning a medal as I did not expect to qualify for the finals in the first place. I had already cleared up my stuff before being told that I finished among the top eight,” said Siti.

“Yesterday (Monday), my performance was not so good but everything fell into place for me today. With my coach standing behind me, I felt confident and gave it my best shot.”

Bibiana Ng failed to win a bronze in the event after losing the third place playoff 9-7 to Vietnam’s Treu Thi Hoa Ho.

It was a second straight silver for Siti in the event after coming in second during her SEA Games debut in Laos in 2009. The women’s 25m sport pistol was not contested in Indonesia two years ago.

The Malaysian trio of Siti, Bibiana and Wahidah Ismail could only settle for fourth spot in the team event with a combined total of 1,690 points.

Vietnam won the team gold with 1,706 points, with Singapore (1,699) and Thailand (1,695) taking the silver and bronze respectively.

Siti’s silver in the final shooting event in Yangon brought the Malaysian shooting squad’s haul to one gold, three silver and four bronze medals.

It is a commendable effort seeing as there were only six shooting events offering 12 gold medals held in Myanmar, down from 18 events hosted by Indonesia in 2011. Four of the six were pistol events, which traditionally is not Malaysia’s strongest contributor of SEA Games medals.

Tags / Keywords: SEA Games, Naypyitaw, Myanmar, shooting, Siti Nur Masitah

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