PETALING JAYA: Rifle shooter Mohd Ezuan Nasir Khan can thank his lucky stars for winning the 10m air rifle gold medal as well as a ticket to the Philippines SEA Games.
The 30-year-old Armed Forces shooter thought his day was finished at the Selangor Shooting Championships after he was penalised 10 points for time-wasting during the qualifying rounds at the National Shooting Range in Subang yesterday morning.
Surprisingly, Ezuan still sneaked into the final as the last and eighth qualifier.
The 2014 Asian Games silver medallist then proved his mettle by chalking 245.1 points to win the gold medal in his pet 10m air rifle event.
Selangor’s Haritz Iklil Hessly Hafiz finished second with 241.8 points while Combined University Sports Council (Masum) shooter Mohd Lutfi Othman took the bronze medal with 220.8.
On Wednesday, Lutfi won gold medals in the 50m rifle three-position individual and team events.
“I was shocked when I got to know that I had qualified for the final. I thought I was done, but after seeing the standings, I felt alive again. Luck was certainly on my side,” said an elated Ezuan as yesterday’s win earned him a ticket to the SEA Games in Manila from Nov 30-Dec 11.
Ezuan has been out of action since September last year after the Selangor Shooting Association clubhouse and shooting range in Subang was temporarily sealed due to security reasons.
Coached by South Korean Park Sang-soon for the last two years, Ezuan’s next competition will be the South-East Asia Championships in Jakarta, which will be held from Aug 18 to 27.
“This is a boost for me before the competition in Jakarta. In Indonesia, I can gauge my performance against other South East Asian shooters.
“Also, it would be the best preparation for the Games in Manila.”
He failed to win a medal in the first two Games in Jakarta (2011) and Naypyidaw (2013). In the 2015 Singapore Games, he returned with silver before winning the gold at the 2017 Kuala Lumpur Games in the 50m prone team event.
Men10m air rifle individual: 1. Mohd Ezuan Nasir Khan (ATM) 245.1, 2. Haritz Iklil Hessly Hafiz (Sel) 241.8, 3. Mohd Lutfi Othman (Masum) 220.8
Team: 1. Masum 1827.8, 2. Selangor 1810.8, 3. Armed Forces 1800.5
25m rapid fire pistol individual: 1. Hafiz Adzha (Pol) 26, 2. Hasli Izwan (Prk) 15, 3. Azlan Salleh (ATM) 10
Women50m rifle three-position individual: 1. Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi (ATM) 454.3, 2. Haslisa Hamed (ATM) 438.0, 3. Alia Husna Budruddin (Nse) 427.3
SPORTEXCEL-NSC-MILO-NSAM C’SHIPSBoys10m air rifle individual: 1. Haritz Iklil Hessly Hafiz (Sel) 613.9, 2. Muhd Aiman Syafiq Zainal (Prk) 613.9, 3. Ahmad Azim Aizuddin Mohd Rafii (Ter) 605.2
Team: 1. Selangor 1810.8, 2. Perak 1796.6, 3. Pahang 1774.4
Girls50m rifle three-position individual: 1. Nor Farhana Mohd Fadzil (Prk) 1134, 2. Alia Husna Budruddin (Nse) 1122, 3. Nur Syafani Nabillah Abdul Razak (Prk) 1120.