Shooting

Published: Friday July 11, 2014 MYT 8:38:00 PM
Updated: Saturday July 12, 2014 MYT 4:33:53 PM

Barren spell not a bother for shooter Johnathan

Jonathan Wong in action during a tournament in Subang in April. - Filepic

Jonathan Wong in action during a tournament in Subang in April. - Filepic

KUALA LUMPUR: Shooter Johnathan Wong went for a 30-day training stint in Europe last month but failed to hit the target in three legs of the World Cup series.

However, the Malacca-born shooter is optimistic he will shine in his debut at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre during the Glasgow Commonwealth Games which begins on July 25.

Johnathan, who will be competing in the men’s 10m air pistol, said the World Cup outings was a good learning experience for him.

“I now know where I stand against the world’s best after competing in three series. It was a wake up call for me that I need to train much harder as I can expect a strong challenge in Glasgow,” said Johnathan, who won three bronze medals in the 10m air pistol team and 50m pistol individual and team event in the Myanmar SEA Games last December.

Jonathan, who has a personal best of 579 points in the 10m air pistol event, only managed a score of 568 points in Munich, 571 points in Slovenia and 572 points in Beijing.

His best finish was overall 28th place among 60 shooters in Beijing.

Jonathan said that it would be a real challenge for him to win a medal because there are no medals offered in team event.

“I will have to score at least 574 points in the qualifying round to reach the final and I believe I can achieve that.

“But the real challenge will be in the final round as I have to maintain a consistent score to win a medal,” said Johnathan.

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