Ezuan rises above disappointment to break own national record


Hot hand: Muhd Ezuan Nasir Khan is overjoyed after winning the men’s 10m air rifle gold with a new national record of 244.7 points at the Tun Hanif Trophy meet yesterday. Below: Shahera Rahim Raja celebrates after winning the women’s 50m rifle three position title. — AZHAR MAHFOF/The Star

SUBANG: Muhd Ezuan Nasir Khan has credited positive thinking for helping him to rewrite his own national record in the men’s 10m air rifle event.

Ezuan was downcast after being dropped from the Podium Program­me last month due to his poor form.

But he did not dwell on it.And it paid off yesterday as the 28-year-old Ezuan shot a personal best of 244.7 points in the Tun Hanif Trophy at the Subang Shooting Range to erase the previous mark of 242.8 he set in the Selangor Open Championships in January, 2014.

“I was sad at being dropped from the Podium Programme,” said the Armed Forces shooter, who won the silver in the 50m prone individual event in the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.

“But I didn’t let it affect me or my training. I must thank my South Korean coach, Park Sang-soon, for motivating me to stay strong despite being dropped from the Podium Programme.

“I’m glad I proved my critics wrong by re-writing a new national record ... it feels really great.

“My mission now is to get back into the Podium Programme and also win my first ever gold medal in the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games in August.”

50M Rifle 3 positions women winner, Shahera Rahim Raja at Subang Shootng Range.AZHAR MAHFOF/The Star
Shahera Rahim Raja celebrates after winning the women’s 50m rifle three position title. — Photos: AZHAR MAH FOF/The Star

There was more joy for Ezuan as he also helped Armed Forces bag the team gold.

Ezuan (617.6), Samsul Farid Norawi (601.7) and Badrun Hisam Abdul Hamid (592.2) shot a total of 1,811.5 points to come out tops.

Shahera Rahim Raja also stole the show on the first day of the shooting competition when she upstaged the country’s top rifle shooter – Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi – to win gold in the women’s 50m rifle three-position event.

The 32-year-old Shahera of Selangor accumulated 439.5 points in the final to push Armed Forces’ Nur Suryaini (435.1) into second spot. Perak’s Nur Fatin Syairah Abdul Latif shot 427.1 points to finish third.

Shahera, mother of two, was surprised to win the gold as “it’s not my favourite event”.

“My pet event is the 10m air rifle ... but it feels really nice to beat the more experienced Nur Suryani for the gold,” said Shahera.

“This win has boosted my confidence for the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games in August.”

RESULTS
 MEN
10m air rifle individual: 1. Muhd Ezuan Nasir Khan
(For) 244.7pts (national record), 2. Zul Haziq Rosli
(Kul) 240.9, 3. Mohd Hadafi Jaafar (Pol) 220.4.
Team: 1. Armed Forces 1811.5, 2. Perak 1802.9, 3.
Pahang 1800.8.
25m rapid fire pistol individual: 1. Hasli Izwan Amir
Hasan (Prk) 32, 2. Mohd Ridhuan Mohamed (For) 18,
3. Low Wei Chern (Pah) 12.
Team: 1. Pahang 1609.
25m standard pistol individual: 1. Hasli Izwan Amir
Hasan (Prk) 562, 2. Mohd Ridhuan Mohamed (For)
546, 3. Khairul Azri Roslan (For) 545.
Team: 1. Armed Forces 1620, 2. Pahang 1584, 3.
Perak 1564.
 WOMEN
50m rifle three position individual: 1. Shahera
Rahim Raja (Sel) 439.5, 2. Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi
(For) 435.1, 3. Nur Fatin Syairah Abdul Latif (Prk)
427.1.
FIRST LEG OF SPORTEXCEL-NSC-MILO-NSAM
 BOYS
10m air rifle individual: 1. Haritz Iklil Hesly Hafiz
(Sel) 605.0, 2. Muhd Aiman Syafiq Zainal (Prk) 604.5,
3. Nur Muhammad Izham Azwi (Ter) 604.4
Team: 1. Perak 1802.9, 2. Selangor 1779.8, 3.
Penang 1763.4.
25m rapid fire pistol individual: 1. Low Wei Chern
(Pah) 569, 2. Nik Muhd Luqman Nik Omar (Ter) 522,
3. Muhd Ridhwan Awaluddin (Pah) 521.
GIRLS
50m rifle three position individual: 1. Nur Aqasha
Damia Abdullah (Ter) 567, 2. Nur Afifah Tarmizi (Pah)
554, 3. Nur Aimi Hanis Abdul Halim (Pah) 553.
Team: 1. Pahang 1633.

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