Malaysian shooters just can’t find their range


  • Shooting
  • Monday, 22 Sep 2014

National rifle shooter Nur Suryani Taibi could only finish 11th in the 10m air rifle event at the Incheon Asian Games on Monday. - KAMARUL ARIFFIN/ The STAR

INCHEON: Malaysia shooter Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi was out of her depth in the 10m air rifle event at the Ongnyeon International Shooting Range.

Having won the bronze in Guangzhou in 2010, much was expected from her. But the 34-year-old could only finish 11th with 414.3 points on Monday.

Compatriots Nur Ayuni Farhana Abdul Halim (412.9pts) and Muslifah Zulkifli (409.1pts) finished 17th and 32nd respectively. A total of 54 shooters took part.

In the team event, Malaysia (1,236.3pts) finished seventh out of 15 countries.

“I tried my best but it’s not my ‘rezeki’ (sustenance) today. I didn’t have any problems with my shooting, it’s just the field at the Asiad is just too strong,” said Suryani.

“I will regroup for my two remaining events. I think everyone has the same chance of reaching the finals here,” she added.

Suryani’s next two events are the 50m rifle prone on Wednesday and the 50m rifle three-position on Friday.

In the women’s 25m pistol event, Alia Sazana Azahari, Malaysia’s sole representative, finished a dismal 25th out of 44 contestants in the qualifying rounds with a 569 total.
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