Abdul Hadi Abdul Malik registered a personal best of 179.1 points in the 50m air pistol event to win gold at the Tun Hanif Trophy Shooting Championship in Subang on Sunday.
SUBANG: Teenager Abdul Hadi Abdul Malik of Pahang overcame poor visibility to upstage more established shooters to win the men’s individual 50m pistol gold medal in the Tun Hanif Trophy Shooting Championships at the Subang Shooting Range.
The 50m pistol event was held outdoors and it started to rain heavily when the final began at 3.30pm. However, 18-year-old Abdul Hadi stayed focused despite the poor visibility to register a personal best of 179.1 points to finish ahead of national shooter Jasmi Mohamed Zin of Negri Sembilan, who could only manage 177.8 points.
Perak’s Siau Zianyi bagged the bronze with a 147.6 total.
Johor’s Eddy Chew, who will feature in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in July, only managed a poor 136 points to finish fourth.
Abdul Hadi said he was lucky to win the gold.
“In the preliminary rounds, I only managed a poor 530 points, which was 14 points short of my personal best. I only qualified for the final for finishing third in the preliminary rounds.
“I was not expecting to be on the podium in the final as I was up against several national shooters,” said Abdul Hadi.
“It was also not easy to shoot as it was raining. And the poor visibility made it so much tougher for all the shooters to perform well.
“But I stayed calm and shot a consistent score in the 20 series to improve my personal best. I was surprised with my efforts as I have never scored more than 170 points in competitions,” said Abdul Hadi, who joined the national elite squad in January.
Meanwhile, Armed Forces emerged as overall champions in the four-day competition with a haul of 11-5-5 followed by Pahang (8-5-4) and Perak (2-3-5).