No pain, no gain for C’wealth-bound Choo

Despite injuring his face in a nasty fall, national shooter Choo Wen Yan managed to qualify for the Commonwealth Games in the 10m air pistol event at the Selangor Open championships on Saturday.

PETALING JAYA: National shooter Choo Wen Yan had a nasty fall after training in Bukit Jalil on Thursday. He suffered bruises on his right cheek, cuts below the nose and the chin and lost two teeth!

The 21-year-old Batu Pahat-born shooter was advised by the doctor to take a week’s rest.

Instead, he defied the doctor’s orders and competed in the Selangor Open Shooting championships at the Subang Shooting Range on Saturday.

Despite being in pain, Wen Yan surprised himself by chalking up a personal best score of 576 points in the men’s 10m air pistol qualifying rounds to earn a ticket to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. The qualifying mark is 574.

Wen Yan, whose previous best was 569, went on to shoot 176.2 in the final to settle for the bronze medal.

National shooter Johnathan Wong Guanjie of Malacca, who also qualified for the Commonwealth Games after scoring 579 points in the qualifying rounds, accumulated 200.1 points in the final to clinch the gold medal.

Johor’s Eddy Chew took silver with 197.3 points.

Wen Yan’s 576 points saw him clinch the gold medal in the Under-21 SportExcel-NSC-Milo-NSAM competition, which is held concurrently with Selangor Open shooting meet.

Wen Yan, who won a bronze medal in the 10m air pistol team in the Myanmar SEA Games in Yangon last month, said that nothing was going to stop him from featuring in the Selangor Open.

“I was walking back to my hostel in Bukit Jalil after training on Thursday when I slipped and fell awkwardly, hitting my face on the ground,” he recalled.

“I was bleeding and felt dizzy ... but I managed to get up and was taken to the ISN (National Sports Institute) for treatment.

“My mouth smarts whenever I eat something. The doctor told me to rest but I decided to compete as I have been training hard and I really wanted to qualify for the Commonwealth Games.

“I thank God for giving me the courage and strength to compete and win a place in the Commonwealth Games,” added the gutsy Wen Yan, who was also the gold medallist in the 10m air pistol event at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney last February.

Meanwhile, the 22-year-old Johnathan, who bagged three bronze medals in the SEA Games last month, was delighted to have booked his ticket to the Commonwealth Games, despite missing out on equalling the national record in the qualifying rounds by just one point.

“I will go all out to break the national record in the next shooting competition (Tun Tan Siew Sin Trophy from Feb 20-23),” he said.

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