PETALING JAYA: National shooter Mohd Ezuan Nasir Khan ended his campaign in the Tun Hanif Trophy tournament in style by gunning down a gold but he wasn’t jumping for joy.
Ezuan combined forces with Nur Suryani Taibi as they trooped out as the winners in the 10m air rifle mixed team event with a score of 825.46 at the Sarawak Shooting Range in Kuching yesterday – leaving all their opponents behind by a mile.
Perak’s Mohd Aiman Syafiq Zainal-Sharifah Nor Ellyna Syed Abdul Hamid took the silver with 819.2 while Selangor’s Haritz Iklil Nurlissa Erinna Wan Yusoff finished third with 818.4.
It was Ezuan’s second gold with Suryani in the mixed team after they nicked it together at the Selangor Shooting Championships in July.
But despite their superb partnership, Ezuan has not been selected for the mixed team event with Suryani for the Philippines SEA Games from Nov 30-Dec 11.
A country is only allowed to enter one pair for the mixed team event at the biennial Games and the National Shooting Association of Malaysia (NSAM) have listed Suryani together with Mohd Lutfi Othman for the action.
“I’m a little disappointed that my name is not on the mixed team event, ” said Ezuan.
“I’ve always participated in mixed team events, and this year, I’ve won two golds with Suryani and also a silver with Shahera (Rahim Raja) at the Seasa (Southeast Asia Shooting Championships), so I’m well prepared.
“But the association have decided, and we’ve to support that decision. Now, I will focus on improving my performance in the individual event (10m air rifle).”
Ezuan, however, can take consolation that his trip to the SEA Games will be jointly funded by Armed Forces and Navy.
He has been listed in the squad under Category B, which means he has to fund his own trip for the Games. The money will be reimbursed if he wins at least a silver medal.
Meanwhile, Suryani can walk tall after collecting a total of six golds in the tournament – the same number as Lutfi, who has been shooting for the Combined University Sports Council (Masum).
In the 10m air pistol mixed team final, Abdul Hadi Abd Malek and Bibiana Ng won the gold by scoring 758 points. It was Bibiana’s third gold medal in the tournament.
Armed Forces emerged as the overall champions with 11 golds, nine silvers and five bronzes. Masum were second with 6-1-2 while Police came in third with 5-4-2.