Published: Friday January 10, 2014 MYT 9:06:00 PM
Updated: Saturday January 11, 2014 MYT 1:07:28 AM

Ezuan wins gold, Hassanul qualifies for C’wealth Games

PETALING JAYA: National shooter Mohd Ezuan Nasir Khan broke the national record en route to the gold medal but it was Mohd Hassanul Adzhar Mohd Badrin who hogged the limelight in the men’s 50m rifle prone event in the Selangor Open Shooting Championships at the Subang Shooting Range.

The 23-year-old Hassanul was in sizzling form as he registered a personal best of 594 points in the qualifying rounds to book his ticket to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in July.

The qualifying mark is 592 points, which is the sixth-placed finish at the New Delhi Games in 2010.

However, Hassanul, who is busy with his Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) examinations, failed to maintain his good form in the final as he only managed a score of 118.5 points to finish sixth.

Armed Forces’ Ezuan, who finished sixth in the qualifying rounds with a score of 587, stole the show in the final as he shattered the national record with a personal best of 206.2 points to erase the previous mark of 204.5 points set by Hisyam Adzha of Perak last June.

Hassanul, who is the youngest among eight siblings, said that he was thrilled to have improved on his personal best and qualify for his first Commonwealth Games.

“I am following in my sister’s (Siti Nur Masitah) footsteps. She won a silver medal in the 25m sport pistol event in last month’s Myanmar SEA Games,” said Hassanul, who holds the Malaysia Games (Sukma) record of 592 points in the 50m rifle prone event set in Malacca in 2010.

“I want to thank my sister for encouraging me to take up the sport nine years. But I could not maintain my form in the final,” said Hassanul, who is pursuing a degree in Human Resource Development at UPM.

The 25-year-old Ezuan, of Kuala Lumpur, said that he never expected to break the national record after his disappointing outing in the SEA Games last month.

“I finished a poor 15th in the same event. But I’m glad that I overcame the disappointment by setting a national record. It will inspire me to keep improving to qualify for the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games,” he said.


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