PETALING JAYA: Muslifah Zulkifli and Hasli Izwan Amir Hassan were in sizzling form to bag Malaysia's first two gold medals on the third day of the South-East Asian Shooting Championships at the Subang Range yesterday.
Malaysia also won two silvers and a bronze.
Muslifah was the toast of the team, winning the gold and silver in the women's 10m air rifle individual and team events respectively.
The 20-year-old Penangite chalked up 497.3 points in the final for her first ever individual title in the championships.
Together with Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi and Nurul Hudda Baharin, they posted a score of 1,176 to win the team silver medal behind Thailand.
Muslifah, who took one-semester break from a matriculation course at the Bukit Jalil Sports School to train full time, said that she did not expect to win the gold medal.
“I did badly in the national championships last month, shooting a 387, which was way off my personal best of 399,” said Muslifah, a bronze medallist in the same event in last year's championships in Bangkok.
“Today everything went right for me and I am so happy to win my first gold medal in the championships. This is a big inspiration for me ahead of my first appearance in the SEA Games in Manila in November.”
Perak's Hasli proved yet again that he is the region's best in the men's 25m rapid fire pistol event – winning the gold medal for the third consecutive time.
The winner in Taiwan in 2003 and in Bangkok last year, Hasli chalked up 768.1 points to win the event but said that he was not at all happy with his score in the final.
“I bettered my personal best by 10 points with a score of 574 in the qualifying round. But in the final, I only managed a 194.1 against my average of 199,”' said the 28-year-old Hasli.
Mohd Hameleay Abdul Mutalib, who bagged the silver in the men's 10m air rifle event on Wednesday, won the bronze in the 50m rifle prone event yesterday with a score of 687.0.
Thailand's Tavarit Majcharcheep (695.0) and Ngyuen Tan Nam of Vietnam (692.5) won the gold and silver respectively.
Mohd Hameleay also took the silver in the team event. Together with Azlan Johari and Zulkifli Daud, they had a total of 1,754 points and lost by just one point to Thailand's Tavarit, Suphakorn Wisetchai and Komkrit Kongnamchok.