Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi (centre) posing with her individual gold medal at the Tun Tan Siew Sin Trophy 2014. She is flanked by silver medallist Nurul Izzati Ali (right) and bronze medal winner Haslisa Hamed.
PETALING JAYA: Even a lack of sleep could not stop national rifle shooter Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi from gunning down two gold medals in the womens’ 50m rifle three position on the opening day of the Tun Tan Siew Sin Trophy 2014 at the Subang Shooting Range.
Suryani, of Armed Forces, was in sizzling form as she nailed the individual gold medal with a score of 443.9 in the final.
She had qualified for the final as the second best shooter after firing a total of 572 in the qualifying round.
Nurul Izzati Ali of Terengganu took the silver medal with a 438.5 total while Haslisa Hamed of Armed Forces was third with 428.3.
Suryani also steered her team to the team gold with a combined score of 1,715. The others in her team were Haslisa and Muslifah Zulkifli.
There was also joy for Haslisa despite winning a bronze medal in the individual event on Thursday.
She has qualified for the Commonwealth Games, to be held in Glasgow, Scotland, in July after her qualifying score of 579 surpassed the qualifying mark of 575.
Olympian Suryani, who has a 17-month-old baby girl, was pleasantly surprised with her double gold – as she has been finding it hard to get enough sleep.
Being the protective mum that she is, Suryani has been keeping vigil every night lately due to the hot weather and worries about the dengue outbreak.
“There are times where I’m so tired. My eyes will be closed but I’ll still be patting my child,” she said with a smile.
“The hot weather is not helping at all. It is so hot these days ... it’s not easy to train under such conditions.”
For this year, Suryani is aiming to perform well in the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.
No Malaysian has won a gold medal in the Asiad for the last 24 years.
“Both these events are equally important to me. I don’t want to put unwanted pressure on myself but I will strive to do the best I can,” said Suryani, who won a gold at the last Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in 2010.
“I’m now more focused on fine-tuning my game, giving attention to every small detail.”
Suryani is also happy with the new rules, where all the eight qualifiers in the final are required to be on their toes.
“Shooters with the lowest scores will be eleminated over the course of several rounds. At the end, the top two shooters will face off for the gold medal. I like the new rule as it challenges you to always be the top scorer,” said the veteran.