PETALING JAYA: It was a day of upsets on the final day of the National Shooting Championships at the Subang Range yesterday.
Junior rifle shooter Nur Ain Ibrahim upstaged her more illustrious senior, Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi, to win the women's 50m rifle three-position event for her second gold medal of the championships.
The 20-year-old Pahang shooter was among the seven female rifle shooters initially recommended for the Doha Asian Games in December. But together with another junior, Mariani Rafali, they failed to make the final squad of five.
Nur Ain showed yesterday that she has the potential to achieve bigger things by chalking up 674.2 to edge Asiad-bound shooter Suryani in her pet event.
Suryani, a bronze medallist in the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in March, took silver on 673.1 while Norhidayah Ramli scored 665.2 for the bronze.
Suryani was not the only Asian Games-bound shooter who failed to win the gold medal yesterday.
Ricky Teh, who is the only skeet shooter for the Doha Asiad, had to settle for second place behind Selangor teammate Amran Risman in the individual competition.
Both shooters went into the final tied on 112 but Amran took the gold after firing two more birds. He shot 24 out of a possible 25 while Ricky shot a 22.
Ricky was not perturbed over his performance as his main concern is to be in the best condition for Doha.
Having qualified on merit for his first Asian Games appearance, Ricky said that he hoped that the authorities would allow the trap and pistol shooters to import their own cartridges to use for competitions.
“Today's performance is a good example. Our performances are inconsistent because we have to rely on locally-made cartridges, which are of lower quality,” said Ricky.
“I hope the relevant authorities will allow us to bring in imported cartridges. It makes a difference because it increases the possibility of getting more clean shots at the target. One or two shots make the difference between winning and losing.”
The National Shooting Association of Malaysia secretary, Jasni Shari, said that they were aware of the problems.
“The National Sports Council (NSC) have agreed to pay for the trap and skeet shooters to use imported cartridges for the Asian Games,” he said.
“The shooters have qualified for the Asian Games and we want to help them to shoot well in the best of conditions.”