Abdul Hadi leads the way to new national junior record


PETALING JAYA: Brothers Abdul Aziz and Abdul Hadi Abdul Malik of Pahang together with Mohd Muhaithir Johari stole the limelight on the fourth and final day of the Selangor Shooting Championships at the Subang Range by shooting down the national junior record in the boys’ 50m pistol team event yesterday.

The 17-year-old Abdul Hadi also won the individual gold by scoring 536 points. Abdul Hadi’s score plus those of Abdul Aziz (517) and Muhaithir (515) gave them 1,568 points to erase the previous record of 1,562 set by Johor’s Choo Wen Yan, Eddy Chew and Nor Afiffuddin Nordin in June last year.

Wen Yan, Eddy and Nor Afifuddin could only manage 1,558 points yesterday to bag the silver while Terengganu’s Mohd Zul Fadzli Alias, Engku Adzhar Engku Mohd and Raja Ahmad Firdaus Raja Mohd took the bronze with 1,446 points.

Abdul Hadi, who will be sitting for his Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination in November, comes from a family of shooters.

“I was inspired by elder brother Abdul Aziz to take up shooting one year ago. It was worth it. In my very first international assignment I won the bronze in the 10m air pistol in the Australian Youth Olympics Festival (AYOF) in Sydney last month.

“And today, I won the gold in the individual event and we broke the national junior record by six points,” said Abdul Hadi, who is fifth among nine siblings.

“My younger brother Abdul Halim also wants to take up shooting and I hope he too will become a good pistol shooter.

“It has been a great one month for me in competitions and I hope to do much better in the Ally T. H. Ong Trophy in March,” said Abdul Hadi.

Shahera Rahim Raja of Armed Forces, who is 10 weeks pregnant, won the gold in the women’s 10m air rifle after a shootoff.

Shahera and Hasliza Hamed, also of Forces, were tied at the end of the final with a score of 493.4, In the shootoff, Shahera scored a 10.30 against Hasliza’s 9.70.

Muslifah Zulkifli completed a Forces sweep with a score of 493.1 to finish third.

The 28-year-old Penang-born Shahera, who was married early last year, said that she never expected to win the gold due to her pregnancy.

“I will only compete in local meets and I will definitely skip the Myanmar SEA Games in December,” said the national shooter.

Results

MEN

50m pistol individual: 1. Johnathan Wong Guanjie (Mal) 630.1, 2. Abdul Hadi Abdul Malik (Pah) 625.6, 3. Choo Wen Yan (Joh) 616.3.

Team: 1. Pahang 1568, 2. Johor 1558, 3. Armed Forces 1539.

WOMEN

10m air rifle individual: 1. Shahera Rahim Raja (For) 493.4, Haslisa Hamed (For) 493.4, 3. Muslifah Zulkifli (For) 493.1.

Team: 1. Armed Forces 1176, 2. Pahang 1158, 3. Terengganu 1150.

25m pistol individual: 1. Bibiana Ng Pei Chin (Pol) 770.0, 2. Nur Zunaira Zakaria (Sel) 768.8, 3. Siti Nur Mashitah Mohd Badri (For) 765.9.

Team: 1. Armed Forces 1682, 2. Police 1662, 3. Selangor 1661.

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BOYS

50m pistol individual: Abdul Hadi Abdul Malik (Pah) 536, 2. Johnathan Wong Guanjie (Mal) 535, 3. Choo Wen Yan (Joh) 524.

Team: 1. Pahang 1568 (national junior rec), 2. Johor 1558, Terengganu 1446.

GIRLS

10m air rifle individual: 1. Nur Fadhilah Ahmad Kamal (Pah) 388 (winner after shootout), 2. Nurul Izzati Ali (Ter) 388, 3. Nur Dayana Hijrah Danial Ng (Pen) 387.

Team: 1. Terengganu 1150, 2. Pahang 1144, 3. Selangor 1137.

25m pistol individual: 1. Alia Sazana Azahari (Ter) 567, 2. Nur Zunaira Zakaria (Sel) 565, 3. Siti Nurhana Hazmi (Pah) 560.

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