Mohd Ezuan Nasir Khan equalled the national record in the men’s 50m rifle prone final in the Tun Hanif Trophy Shooting Championship in Subang on Friday. - SS KANESAN/ The Star
SUBANG: Don’t judge a book by its cover. Now, how many times have we heard this before?
And this old adage was proven to be true – yet again – when Mohd Ezuan Nasir Khan, weighing only 45kg, equalled the national record in the men’s 50m rifle prone final in the Tun Hanif Trophy Shooting Championships at the Subang Shooting Range on Friday.
The skinny 25-year-old shooter from Kuala Lumpur finished fourth in the qualifying rounds with a poor score of 587 points. Then, just when he needed it, he found his form in the final.
He consistently scored more 10 points in the 20-series to register a personal best of 206.6 points to equal the national record set by Mohd Shahril Sahak of Johor in the Selangor Shooting Championships at the same venue in February.
Ezuan, who has qualified for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in July, said that team-mates used to tease him about being skinny.
“They will tease me about it and say that I won’t even be able to lift the rifle.
“But it looks like I proved them wrong today, didn’t I? I’ve shown that despite my light body weight, not only can I shoot better than them but I also managed to equal the national record in the final,” said a beaming Ezuan, who represented Navy in domestic competitions.
“I had a poor outing in the preliminary rounds because I wasn’t focused. I only managed 587 points, which is nine points lower than my personal best of 596.
“But I thank God I got my act together in the final and improved on my previous personal best of 206.4.
“I have shown improvement in the 50m prone event and I’m looking forward to winning a medal in my first Commonwealth Games,” said Ezuan.
Another national record was also equalled in championships on Friday. Nur Suryaini Mohd Taibi (593), Muslifah Zulkifli (592) and Hasliza Hamed (589) of Armed Forces amassed a total of 1,774 points to equal the national record in the women’s 50m rifle prone team event.
The previous record was held by the Armed Forces’ trio of Muslifah, Hasliza and Shahera Rahim Raja, who garnered the same points in a competition in February 2012.