Tuesday, 19 August 2014 | MYT 8:29 PM
Wen Yan to see dentist ahead of Asiad
Choo Wen Yan is hoping to steal the show from his more illustrious rivals in the 10m air pistol and 50m free pistol events in Incheon.
KUALA LUMPUR: Pistol shooter Choo Wen Yan will make a trip to the dentist now that he is making the trip to the Incheon Asian Games in South Korea.
Wen Yan, Zubair Muhammad and double trap specialist Edward Khor and his son Benjamin Khor were the four extra shooters given the nod by the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) on Tuesday to compete in the Games from Sept 19-Oct 4.
They will go under Category B, meaning their expenses will be borne by the National Shooting Association of Malaysia (NSAM).
With the inclusion of the four, shooting will have 12 participants.
The shooters going under Category A are SEA Games pistol champion Eddy Chew, Johnathan Wong, Mohd Ezuan Nasir, Hadafi Jaafar (men), Nur Suryani Taibi, Nur Ayuni Farhana Halim, Muslifah Zulkifli and Alia Sazana Azahari (women).
Former World Cup silver medallist Joseline Cheah, Bibiana Ng, Hasli Izwan Amir Hasan and Khalel Abdullah were dropped following their poor performances at the recent Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
The 21-year-old Wen Yan was delighted when he heard that he was included for the Asiad.
“I didn’t have the time to fix my two teeth since I fell from a bicycle after training in January.
“I will see a dentist tomorrow (Wednesday). I don’t want to head to Incheon with my partially-chipped teeth.
“I hope the dentist can do something about it as I want to look good for the photographers when I take aim during the competition.
“I thought I had no chance of going for the Asiad after the Commonwealth Games as I only finished 10th in the free pistol. I am so happy with the news,” he said.
Wen Yan is hoping to steal the show from his more illustrious rivals in the 10m air pistol and 50m free pistol events in Incheon.
“I broke the 10m air pistol at a local meet in April by posting 581 points while I have a personal best of 548 in the free pistol event.
“I am posting better scores in training now. Hopefully, I can do better than in Glasgow,” said Wen Yan.
At the last Asian Games in Guangzhou, Malaysia only managed to win a bronze through Nur Suryani in the 10m air rifle event.