PETALING JAYA: Muhammad Shahril Sahak is staking a strong claim for a place in the shooting squad for the Singapore SEA Games next year.
The 24-year-old claimed an individual gold for Malaysia in the men’s 50m rifle three position event at the South-East Asia Shooting Association (SEASA) Championships in Singapore.
Shahril posted 449.6 points to beat Vietnam’s Phung Le Huyen, who accumulated 446.0 points, into second place.
Vietnam’s Nguyen Duy Hoang had the third highest score of 432.1 but did not get the bronze due to the one country, one shooter ruling.
Shahril was also the top qualifier into the top eight final with 1,149 points.
“Winning this will give me the motivation to challenge for the Singapore SEA Games. The competitions towards the early part of next year will be the selection and I hope to continue to do well.
“I never won the individual title at SEASA before, so I hope to do well in the SEA Games after this,” said Shahril, who won silver for Malaysia in the men’s 50m rifle prone in his SEA Games debut in Indonesia in 2011.
Malaysia also got silver in the team event through the trio of Mohamad Lufti Othman, Muhamad Zubair Mohammad and Mohd Hadafi Jaafar.
The trio chalked up a combined total of 3,382 points with Vietnam taking gold with 3,428 points.
Malaysia have a total of seven golds, four silvers and five bronzes to show with two days of competition remaining.
The other gold medals came from Tan Tian Xiang in double trap, Alia Sazana Azahari in women’s 25m pistol; Haslisa Hamed, Aina Zahiran and Nur Suryani Taibi in women’s 50m rifle prone team; Johnathan Wong Guanjie (men’s 10m air pistol); Eddy Chew (men’s junior 10m air pistol) and Joseline Cheah, Wahidah Ismail and Bibiana Ng (women’s 10m air pistol).