SUBANG: Shooter Choo Wen Yan’s hopes of competing in the Aug 19-31 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games look bright after he broke the national record in the men’s 10m air pistol at the Tun Hanif Trophy.
The 24-year-old Johorean posted 237.40 points at the Subang Shooting Range yesterday to erase the 221.30 mark set by Eddy Chew of Johor last year.
Eddy, a former SEA Games gold medallist, garnered 235.70 points to win the silver while Perak’s Johnathan Wong, who competed in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics last year, bagged the bronze with a 216.50 total.
Wen Yan was surprised to win the gold as well as breaking the national record.
“Eddy and Johnathan were the favourites and I only managed to finish fifth in the qualifying. But I rose to the occasion in the final to win the gold. Breaking the national record is a bonus. Now, I believe I have a good chance of making the KL SEA Games,” said Wen Yan.
Muhd Lufti Othman was the other national record breaker yesterday. The 23-year-old from Negri Sembilan collected 1,163 points in the men’s 50m rifle three position qualifying rounds to shatter the previous mark of 1,162 set by Muhd Nurrahimin Abdul Halim of Pahang in 2013.
The final, however, was postponed due to a downpour. It will be held today.
Lutfi was pleased that he managed to improve his personal best by six points.
“I never expected to break the national record as my previous best was only 1,157. Since coming under the guidance of South Korean coach Kong (Hyun-ah) in December, I’ve improved a lot. I hope to break the national record again in the final tomorrow,” said Lufti.
To date, five national records have been set in three days of competition.
10m air pistol individual: 1. Choo Wen Yan (Joh) 237.40 (national rec), 2. Eddy Chew (Joh) 235.70, 3. Johnathan Wong (Prk) 216.50.
10m air pistol team: Perak 1666, 2. Negri Sembilan 1647, 3. Selangor 1646.
25m pistol individual: 1. Aida Amirah Mohd Sheriff (Sel) 33, 2. Alia Sazana Azahari (Ter) 31, 3. Bibiana Ng Pei Chin (Pol) 23.
25m pistol team: 1. Selangor 1674, 2. Police 1667, 3. Pahang 1622.
SPORTEXCEL-NSC-MILO-NSAM (first leg)
10m air pistol individual: 1. Siau Zianyi (Prk) 565, 2. Muhd Syafiqrul Firdaus Mohd Husni (Ter) 552, 3. Ilmi Azri Abdul Razak (Prk) 551. 10m air pistol team: 1. Perak 1649, 2. Pahang 1641, 3. Selangor 1603.
50m rifle three position individual: 1 Loo Jie Ren (Prk) 1128, 2. Muhd Syukri Zulkifli (Sel) 1127, 3. Izuddin Mohd Shafri (Pah) 1125.
50m rifle three position team: 1. Perak 3362, 2. Pahang 3302, 3. Terengganu 3283.