'Superman' Hasli bags gold


BY RAJES PAUL

SUBANG: Shooter Mohd Hasli Izwan Amir Hasan burned the midnight oil to complete his university assignment yesterday. But the lack of sleep did not stop him from winning the rapid-fire pistol event in style on the second day of the National Shooting Championships at the Subang Shooting Range here yesterday. 

The 26-year-old Hasli, a Universiti Malaya Sports Science final year student, scored a total 669.5 points over 60 shots to emerge as champion.  

Pahang's Mohd Firdaus Abdul Rahim and Mohd Khalis Kadir were left well behind in second and third places. Firdaus managed 648.0 while Khalis trailed closely at 645.2. 

HASLI IZWAN: He scored a total 669.5 points over 60 shots to emerge as champion in the rapid-fire pistol event at the National Championships on Friday.

This is the third time Hasli had surpassed the qualifying mark for the SEA Games. He also pulled off a similar feat at the Ally Ong Trophy in February and the Tun Tan Siew Sin Trophy last month. 

A jubilant Hasli of Perak said: “I sat down to do my assignment at 9pm and completed it at 7am this morning. I am glad I managed to win today but I know I could have done better if I had had a good night's sleep,” said Hasli, who was roped into the national team in 1997. 

Hasli, who had been training part-time since he started his course in UM four years ago, said he would go full-time from October as he bids to win a place in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. 

“I will complete my studies this October. Then, I can concentrate fully on winning a place in the Olympics. The Asian Championships in February next year (in Malaysia) is the final selection ground for the Olympic Games. Two places are up for grabs and I will try to make it. The Chinese, who are the favourites, have already filled their quota. If I can finish among the top four in the rapid fire event, I have a chance to go to Athens,” he said. 

Only the top two in the rapid fire event during the Asian Championships will get to go to Athens. 

“I just want to go all out to become the first Malaysian men to compete in pistol event at the Olympics,” said Hasli, who is also known as “Superman” among the shooting fraternity. 

Meanwhile, 1998 Commonwealth Games double gold medallist Nurul Hudda Baharin continued her fine form when she added another two gold medals to make her tally to four in the tournament so far.  

The 30-year-old policewoman scored 584 to bag the gold in the small bore sport rifle prone individual event. Then, she led her Police to a gold in the team event. Together with Sarihati Awang Akhbar and Hasmira Hassan, Police amassed a total 1736 for the team gold. 

RESULTS 

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 

MEN 

Rapid fire pistol individual: 1. Hasli Izwan Amir Hasan (Prk) 669.5, 2. Mohd Firdaus Abdul Rahim (Pah) 648.0, 3. Mohd Khalis Kadir (Pah) 645.2. 

Rapid fire pistol team: 1. Perak (Hasli Izwan Amir Hasan, Hafiz Adzha, Ruzaini Adzha) 1654, 2. Pahang (Mohd Khalis Kadir, Mohd Firdaus Abdul Rahim, Rahmat Effendy Abdul Mat) 1631, 3. Selangor (Mohd Hezir Azmi, Omar Sheriff Mohd Sheriff, Emil Au Fu Xiang) 1622. 

Small bore rifle prone individual: 1. Mohd Sabki Mohd Din (Armed Forces) 689.9, 2. Wang Wen Chuen (Sel) 683.5, 3. Saad Zainal Abidin (Police) 680.8. 

Small bore rifle prone individual: 1. Armed Forces (Mohd Sabki Mohd Din, Mohd Emran Zakaria, Zulkilfi Daud) 1744, 2. Selangor (Wang Wen Chuen, Ivan Jayavenkatesh, Azim Afif Naziz) 1736, 3. Perak (Hisyam Adzha, Loy Yip Chun, Hafizul Abdul Puhat) 1723. 

WOMEN 

Air pistol individual: 1. Suefarinawathy Affendi (Swk) 469.7 (10.1), 2. Joseline Cheah (Pen) 469.7(9.3), 3. Siti Sarah Mohd Ibrahim (Kul) 469.2 

Air pistol team: Armed Forces (Rosnizam Ramli, Sapiah Pilus, Normala Mat) 1096, 2. Police (Bibiana Ng Pei Chin, Nurzaini Ismail, Norazlina Abdul Manan) 1094, 3. Penang (Joceline Cheah, Grace Lim, Wong Choon Yi) 1093. 

Small bore sport rifle prone individual: 1. Nurul Hudda Baharin (Police) 584, 2. Sarihati Awang Akhbar (Police) 581, 3. Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi (Prk) 579. 

Small bore sport rifle prone team: 1. Police (Nurul Hudda Baharin, Sarihati Awang Akhbar, Hasmira Hassan) 1736, 2. Pahang (Nasreena Nasruddin, Roslina Bakar, Nur Ain Ibrahim) 1727, 3. Selangor (Norhidayah Ramli, Mashita Ramli, Nurul Amalina Mohd Dalai) 1708. 

JUNIOR CIRCUIT 

BOYS 

Rapid fire pistol individual: 1. Mohd Khalis Kadir (Pah) 558, 2. Mohd Hezir Azmi (Sel) 553, 3. Hafiz Adzha (Prk) 543 

Rapid fire pistol team: 1. Selangor (Mohd Hezir Azmi, Omar Sheriff Mohd Sheriff, Emil Au Fu Xiang) 1622, 2. Perak (Hafiz Adzha, Ruzaini Adzha, Saiful Mohd Shukor) 1598, 3. Pahang (Mohd Khalis Kadir, Rahmat Effendy Malick, Abdullah Sani Abdul Samad) 1592. 

Small bore free rifle prone individual: 1. Mohd Firdaus Mohd Sidek (Pah) 580, 2. Mohd Zainul Akmal Azmi (Kel) 580, 3. Hisyam Adzha (Prk) 578 

Small bore free rifle prone team: 1. Perak (Hisyam Adzha, Loy Yip Chun, Hafizul Abdul Puhat) 1723, 2. Malacca (Azlan Johari, Mohd Izzul Hag Rahim, Mohd Taufekh Hood) 1709, 3. Selangor (Azim Afif Naziz, Ong Poh Teck, Alex Ong Sir Young) 1694. 

GIRLS 

Air pistol individual: 1. Joseline Cheah (Pen) 374, 2. Leong Wai Si (Prk) 373, 3. Siti sarah Mohd Ibrahim (Kul) 372 

Air pistol team: Penang (Joseline Cheah, Grace Lim, Wong Choon Yi) 1093, 2. Kuala Lumpur (Siti Sarah Mohd Ibrahim, Nurul Huda Alinoor Raziff, Nurul Shuhada Ahmad Suhair) 1084, 3. Perak (Leong Wai Si, Nur Hazirah Abdul Puhat, Nurul Nadiah Mohd Yasin) 1073. 

Small bore sport rifle prone individual: 1. Norhidayah Ramli (Sel) 578 and Nasreena Nasruddin (Pah) 578, 3. Nur Ain Ibrahim 572. 

Small bore sport rifle prone team: 1. Pahang (Nasreena Nasruddin, Nur Ain Ibrahim, Nur Hariena Azhar) 1722, 2. Selangor (Norhidayah Ramli, Mashita Ramli, Nurul Amalina Mohd Dalal) 1708, 3. Kelantan (Siti Hasnoreazie, Mariani Rafafi, Nor Shazarina) 1705. 

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