Shooter breaks na­tional air pis­tol record, eyes Games spot

New Straits Times - - Sport - AJITPAL SINGH ajit­pals­ingh@nst.com.my

TWO na­tional records were bro­ken in the Tun Han­iff Tro­phy Cham­pi­onships at Subang Shoot­ing Range yes­ter­day.

Choo Wen Yan bright­ened his chances of a spot in the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games in Au­gust when he rewrote the na­tional record in the men’s 10m air pis­tol event (fi­nal).

The Jo­hor-shooter posted 237.4 points in the fi­nal to break Eddy Chew’s record of 201.30 points set in April last year.

Sec­ond-place Eddy and third­place Jonathan Wong also sur­passed the pre­vi­ous na­tional record with scores of 235.70 and 216.5 re­spec­tively.

“It is a great achieve­ment to fin­ish ahead of Olympian Jonathan and former Sea Games cham­pion Eddy in this event. I was fo­cused on ev­ery shot in the fi­nal and made them count,” said Wen Yan yes­ter­day.

In the 50m ri­fle three-po­si­tion event, Lufti Oth­man set a na­tional record for the pre­lim­i­nary round.

He posted a 1,163 se­ries to erase Nur­rahimin Abd Halim’s four-year record by a point. The fi­nal will only be com­pleted to­day.

Aida Ami­rah Sher­iff caused a sen­sa­tional up­set by over­com­ing 2015 Sea Games cham­pion Alia Sazana Aza­hari for the women’s 25m pis­tol gold medal.

The na­tional-back up shooter gar­nered 33 points to edge sil­ver medal­list Aida by two shots while Bib­iana Ng posted a 23 se­ries.

“This is the first time I have beaten Alia for the ti­tle. A good start for me in this sea­son’s first do­mes­tic com­pe­ti­tion. How­ever, I need to con­tinue my mo­men­tum and do well as I hope to make the Sea Games squad for this event.

“It will not be easy as there are other ex­pe­ri­enced shoot­ers such as Bib­iana Ng all fight­ing to rep­re­sent Malaysia in the bi­en­nial games,” said Aida.

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