Joseline Cheah met the Commonwealth Games qualifying mark of 376 for the air pistol event at the Tun Tan Siew Sin Trophy 2014.
PETALING JAYA: National shooter Joseline Cheah returned to her winning ways by grabbing the gold medal in the women’s 10m air pistol event with a score of 193.7 in the finals of the Tun Tan Siew Sin Trophy 2014 at the Subang Shooting Range.
In doing so, the Armed Forces shooter also met the Commonwealth Games qualifying mark of 376 for the air pistol on Friday.
“My performace this morning was quite good. I obtained a score of 386 at the end of the qualifying round, which is close to my national record of 388,” said Joseline.
“However, I believe I can further improve my scores,” she added.
Joseline did not do as well as she would have liked at the Selangor Shooting Championship in January. At that time, she qualified for the Commonwealth Games’ sport event, but missed the air pistol qualification mark.
“I didn’t meet the mark for the air event then as I only shot a 372. I was a little too relaxed when I shouldn’t have been,” said Joseline.
“I took about a week off to celebrate Chinese New Year. My mum was not too pleased as she said that it was not enough – but I explained to her that I have my contract and commitments to abide by,” she said smiling.
The rest did some good as Joseline was totally focused to grab the gold in the finals on Friday.
Siau Cuili of Perak took the silver with a score of 190.7 while Nur Hidayah Zulkifli of Selangor grabbed the bronze with a 173.0.
Joseline’s next tournament will be the 7th Asian Airgun Championships in Kuwait from March 7-13. She made it into the finals last year and hopes win the gold this year.
“After that, I will have to prepare for the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. My target is to win medals. I want to win with a good score. If I can do that, I will be happy,” she said.
In the Commonwealth Games in 2006, Joceline won the silver medal with Bibiana Ng in the women’s 10m pistol pairs with a score of 374.
Joseline currently holds the national record of 388 in the women’s 10m air pistol but has plans to better that score by this year.
She expressed satisfaction with the change in competition format which now includes elimination in the finals,
“The change of format was done to attract an audience as it was deemed too boring prior to this. I like the challenge that it brings,” said the veteran shooter.
In the other finals of the day – the men’s 50m rifle prone, Mohd Shahril Sahak of Johor won the gold with a final score of 206.6, in the process breaking the old record set by Armed Forces’ Mohd Ezuan Nasir Khan with a score of 206.2 last month.
Muhd Afiq Fakhri Azmen of Selangor won the silver on Friday with 205.9, while the bronze went to Mohd Arif Azwan Azmi of the Armed Forces with 184.1.