Choo Wen Yan, who broke his teeth in a fall in January, will only fix them after securing his spot in the Commonwealth Games squad. - Filepic
KUALA LUMPUR: National pistol shooter Choo Wen Yan is so passionate and dedicated about the sport that all he cares about are trainings and competitions.
So much so that the 21-year-old hasn’t even had time to go to the dentist to get his two upper teeth fixed.
The bespectacled Batu Pahat-born shooter suffered a nasty fall while returning from training in Bukit Jalil in January. Apart from the two broken teeth, he also suffered bruises on his right cheek and cuts below his nose and chin.
“To me, what is more important now is to make my debut in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July. I will only fix my teeth when I’m done with all the major competitions this year.
“Although I’ve surpassed the qualifying mark of 574 in the 10m air pistol event, my place in the Games is not confirmed yet,” said Wen Yan, who shot a personal best of 576 points in the Selangor Shooting Championships in January.
Malacca’s Jonathan Wong and Johor’s Eddy Chew are the other two shooters who have also qualified for the 10m air pistol event.
Only two will be selected for Glasgow.
Wen Yan made his international debut in the Myanmar SEA Games last December and bagged a team bronze with Jonathan and Eddy.
Wen Yan, who completed his pre-university studies at the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) last year, has also deferred plans to apply for a place in a local university this year.
“This year, I just want to focus on making my debut in both the Games – Commonwealth and Asian Games in Incheon in September.
“I will only apply for a place in the local university next year ... I plan to do a degree in Business Administration,” said Wen Yan, who has yet to qualify for the Asiad.
Wen Yan, who won the gold in the 10m air pistol event at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney last year, will compete in the Tun Hanif Trophy Shooting Championships, which begins on Thursday at the Subang Shooting Range.
“I hope to further improve on my personal best in my pet event at the Tun Hanif Trophy and confirm my place for Glasgow,” said Wen Yan.