GLASGOW: Mohd Ezuan Nasir Khan is skinny for a shooter but that didn’t stop him from registering a personal best of 613.4 points to qualify for the final in the men’s 10m air rifle event.
In the final, though, the 25-year-old, weighing only 45kg, did well to garner 119.7 points to finish sixth among eight shooters at the Barry Buddon Shooting Range.
India’s Abhinav Bindra accumulated 205.3 points to clinch the gold while Bangladesh’s Abdullah Baki (202.1) took the silver. England’s Daniel Rivers (182.4) settled for bronze.
Ezuan, however, was not too disappointed about finishing sixth in the final elimination round.
“This is my first Commonwealth Games … I’m more than happy about improving my personal best,” said Ezuan, whose previous best was 613.1.
There was also heartbreak for Wahidah Ismail in the women’s 10m air pistol.
The 23-year-old Perak-born shooter accumulated 375 points to be tied with three others – Carol Kennerley of Wales, Dorothy Ludwig of Canada and Bangladesh’s Ardina Ferdous – in seventh spot.
But Wahidah was placed ninth on countback. Kennerley and Ludwig were placed seventh and eighth while Ardina was 10th.
Kennerley and Ludwig moved into the final.
Singapore’s Teo Shun Xie amassed 198.6 points in the final to break the women’s 10m air pistol record en route to the gold medal. India’s Malaika Goel (197.1) took silver and Canada’s Ludwig (177.2) the bronze.
Wahidah was in tears after losing a place in the final on countback.
“I was glad to have improved my personal best and I was confident of making the final cut. But, sadly, I lost on countback,” said Wahidah, who is studying accounting at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM).
Meanwhie, Joseline Cheah Lee Yean, who won the pairs gold in the 2010 New Delhi Games, finished a disappointing 12th yesterday with a lowly 373 points – which was eight points short of her personal best.
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