PETALING JAYA: Top national shooter Nurul Hudda Baharin is looking good for a strong showing in the Vietnam SEA Games after wining three gold medals at the South East Asian Shooting Championships, which ended in Taiwan yesterday.
She won the individual sport rifle three-position and helped the team to win the sport rifle three-position and air rifle gold.
The other members of the sport rifle three-position were Nordalilah Abu Bakar and Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi. The air rifle team comprised Noriha Abdul Rani and Nur Suryani.
A total of 13 countries took part in the championships, including three non-Asean countries Macau, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
National Shooting Association of Malaysia's (NSAM) executive secretary Jasni Shaari, however, had other worries. He said that while the women were living up to expectations, the men's team were not.
We did not win any gold medals from the men and I am not satisfied with their overall performance, said Jasni.
I also have to be fair, the conditions in Taiwan were not entirely suitable for shooting.
Strong winds prevented them from doing their best. And some of the events were held later in the night where visibility is lower. Nevertheless, both men and women need to buck up to win medals in the SEA Games. They are currently in Langkawi for the final phase of training, said Jasni.
A total of 30 gold medals will be at stake in Vietnam. NSAM are only targeting three gold medals despite delivering six in KL two years ago.
NSAM are hoping for gold from Bibiana Ng, Hasli Izwan Amir Hassan in the individual competitions and the women's rifle team.
Meanwhile, shooting's future seems to be secure with the emergence of Leong Jia Chuan who won two gold medals in the junior category of the South East Asian Championship.
He won the junior air pistol individual event and teamed up with Omar Sharif Mohd Sharif and Nicholas Au to win the team event.