JANTAN Hintu (pic) only took up pistol shooting in May and the Iban from Kuching, Sarawak, found immediate success when he won a silver medal in the SEASA championship in Jakarta in August.Yesterday, the father of two from Melaka, added icing to the cake with a bronze in the 1500 Precision Pistol Competition (PPC) event.
The 45-year-old Malaysian Royal Ranger Regiment officer said he was a nervous wreck before the event as he was shooting in unfamiliar surroundings. He admitted that he did not have much training.
But yesterday morning, the shy Jantan showed great poise and character, scoring 1,432 points.
He finished behind Indonesia’s Tjabu Rio (1,442) and Sihombing Safrin (1,435), who took gold and silver respectively.
Jantan was surprised with his medal as the other competitors were much more experienced than him.
“To be honest with you, I am surprised to get a bronze in my first-ever multi-sport games, ” he said.
“I am glad and happy to get this medal for Malaysia. I was nervous, but I tried my very best to control it.
“My focus was on doing my best. I did not take part in many competitions, so this result is quite special.”
The other Malaysian in the event, Farhan Mohd Mislan finished fifth with 1,403 points.
Meanwhile, in the 10m air rifle, Mohd Ezuan Nasir Khan fumbled in the final hurdle to finish sixth out of eight shooters. He scored 162.6.
Thailand’s Napis Tortungpanich won the gold on 250.6, while silver and bronze went to Indonesians Fathur Gustafian and Irwan Mohd Abdul Rahman who scored 248.4 and 225.9 respectively.
Ezuan, 30, did well in the qualifying round when he scored 622.1, his best score for 2019. He was placed third in that round. His personal best is 622.7.
Another rifle shooter Mohd Lutfi Othman faltered in the qualifying round when he scored 601.4 to finish 12th.
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