It won’t be the last shot for Suryani after ‘misfire’

PETALING JAYA: National shooter Nur Suryani Taibi has no plans to quit the sport after ending her second Olympics on a low note.

The 38-year-old had hoped to score better despite a short time of preparation but she has to be satisfied with a 34th placing in a field of 37 shooters in the women’s 50m rifle three positions qualification at the Ariake Shooting Centre yesterday.

She managed only 1,142 points and failed to make the top-12 final.

Russia’s Yulia Zykova was imperious in the qualification when she shot 1,182 points, which was an Olympics record but went on to finish second in the final with 461.9 points.

The gold went to Switzerland’s Nina Christen when she surpassed the Olympics record in the final with 463.9 points while another Russian Yulia Karimova came in third with 450.3 points.

Suryani, who had not competed in any international tournament for almost two years before the Olympics, wished she had a longer time to prepare.

“The short time to prepare is not an excuse. I know I did give my best in the last one-and-a-half months in training, I was mentally and physically in good condition,” said Suryani, who was given a wild card about six weeks before the Games.

“I’ve done my job as a professional. I’ll continue to represent the country as long as they need me,” added Suryani, who will shift her attention to prepare for next year’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

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