Hasli Izwan Amir Hasan’s place in the Asian Games squad is far from confirmed after he failed to defend his medal in the 25m rapid fire event at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. - Filepic
GLASGOW: Nur Suryani Taibi came close to ending Malaysia’s campaign with a bang on the final day of the shooting competition at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
But, in the end, she had to settle for fourth spot in the eight-shooter final of the 50m rifle three positions at the Barry Buddon Shooting Range.
She had won a bronze medal in 10m air rifle event, which happens to be the only medal from the shooting team at the Glasgow Games.
Said Suryani: “It’s disappointing to come this close and miss out on a medal. I was hoping to collect one more. Still, it was a good effort and I’m quite satisfied.”
In the men’s 50m rifle three positions, Mohd Hadafi Jaafar, who made it to the final, finished seventh.
Meanwhile, veteran pistol shooter Hasli Izwan Amir Hasan’s place in the Asian Games squad is far from confirmed after he failed to defend his medal in the 25m rapid fire event at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
Yesterday, the 2010 New Delhi Commonwealth Games silver medallist made it to the final. However, he was the second shooter to be eliminated in the six-man battle.
He missed most of the targets and was knocked out after the second series – after hitting only nine targets.
Australian debutant David J Chapman, 49, took the gold after hitting 23 targets while India’s double Commonwealth Games gold medallists Harpreet Singh took silver with 21.
England debutant Kristian Callaghan, 21, took bronze with 17 hits.
The 37-year-old Hasli blamed the pressure and distraction for his poor performance.
“I’ve been shooting for a long time but, today, the pressure was great. They have changed the format,” he said.
“After every shot and every series, they announce who is leading and, somehow, I was distracted by it.
“The Commonwealth Games in a platform for the national shooters to impress the selectors and win spots for the Asian Games.
“I think I have put myself in a difficult position. I have to discuss with the association and NSC (National Sports Council) as to where I stand.”