PETALING JAYA: Johor’s Nurul Syasya Nadiah Ariffin has been tipped to be a future star after her sensational showing at the recent Selangor Shooting Championships.
The 17-year-old Nurul turned heads when she smashed the 10m air pistol national record with her score of 574 points in the qualifying round. Her mark was one point better than the old record set by Joseline Cheah in the same tournament last year.
In the final, she did even better than seasoned campaigner Bibiana Ng in the event to finish second. Her teammate Mumtazah Syahiidah Shamsuri won the gold.
National shooting manager Datuk Musa Omar is thrilled with the performances of the juniors, especially Nurul.
“She broke the national record and she is only 17. I was amazed by her performance. She showed great poise and control during the qualifiers, ” said Musa.
“She has the talent to join the national team.
“Besides Nurul, her teammate Mumtazah also performed well and she is only 15!
“I saw many other potential athletes that can be drafted into the national team. I even went after their coaches to give them a pat on their back, because they have done well with these shooters. They deserve the credit.”
In the men’s 10m air rifle, Selangor’s Haritz Iklil Hessly Hafiz, 20, upstaged big names like Mohd Ezuan Nasir Khan and Mohd Lutfi Othman to win the gold while Pahang’s Izzudin Mohd Shafri, 19, won his first-ever gold in the men’s 50m rifle prone.
Perak juniors Mohd Aiman Syafiq Zainal, 19, and Farhana Mohd Fadzil, 18, pipped national shooters Mohd Ezuan Nasir Khan-Nur Suryani Taibi to win the 10m air rifle mixed team.
“I hope to see these shooters maintain their discipline and continue with their progress, ” he said.
With many talents in the junior ranks, Musa said the National Shooting Association of Malaysia have drawn up a programme for the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, and the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, to prepare early.
“This programme will kick off after the Malaysia Games (Sukma). Some of these juniors will compete in the Johor Sukma and after that, we will consider them for our programme.”
As for the fate of the current elite shooters in the national team, Musa said they were still very much a part of NSAM’s plans.
“If they perform in the tournaments they are sent to, they will continue to train with us.
“I don’t see a problem mixing the juniors and the seniors, ” said Musa.
“I believe the juniors have what it takes to strengthen our team and keep our seniors on their toes.”
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