EZUAN PROVES CRITICS WRONG
Podium programme dropout sets new national record
PODIUM programme dropout Ezuan Nasir Khan silenced his critics with a new national record en route to two gold medals at the Southeast Asian Shooting Championships in Subang yesterday.
The 28-year-old amassed 247.30 points to erase his own national record set in March to win the men’s 50m rifle prone gold medal.
Vietnam’s Nguyen Van Quan (246.4) and Jayson Valdez of the Philippines (181.9) finished second and third, respectively.
Ezuan also won the team gold with Lufti Othman and Hadafi Jaafar for Malaysia with a combined 1,773 total.
“The win today has confirmed my spot for the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games (Aug 19-30),” said Ezuan at Subang Shooting Range yesterday.
Ezuan was part of the Podium Programme following his silver medal effort in the prone rifle event at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.
However, he was dropped in February after failure to produce results. Ezuan is now determined to prove his critics wrong at the Sea Games.
“I want to win my first Sea Games title in August. My form has improved since training under South Korean coach Park Sang Soon for the last five months,” he added.
Malaysia also bagged two more titles yesterday. Hasli Amir Izwan Hasan shot 23 points for the 25m rapid fire pistol gold, finishing ahead of Vietnam’s Ha Minh Thanh on 21 points.
“My pistol had malfunction ahead of the final but I managed to rectify it,” said Hasli, who added a silver in the team with Hafiz Adzha and Ridhuan Mohamed on a 1,705 series.
Malaysia’s Nicole Ee May Tsu, Lim Xin Yi and Irene Ting contributed an unexpected gold in the women’s team skeet by posting
RESULTS — Men’s 25m rapid fire pistol: 1 Hasli Amir Izwan Hasan (Mas) 23 pts, 2 Ha Minh Thanh (Vie) 21; Team: 1 Vietnam 1,706; 2 Malaysia 1,705; 3 Hong Kong 1,652.
50m rifle prone: 1 Ezuan Nasir Khan (Mas) 247.30, 2 Nguyen Van Quan (Vie) 246.40, 3 Jayson Valdez (Phi) 181.90; Te a m : 1 Malaysia 1,773; 2 Vietnam 1,754; 3 Indonesia 1,745.
Women’s 10m air rifle: 1 Adele Tan (Sin) 248.80, 2 Shahera Raja Rahim (Mas) 225, 3 Teresa Acuna Amparo (Phi) 156.60; Team: 1 Singapore 1 251.10; 2 Malaysia 1,227.80; 3 Vietnam 1,216.50.
Skeet: 1 Isarapa Imprasertsuk (Tha) 50, 2 Lo Pei Yu (Tai) 36, 3 Irene Ting (Mas) 27; Team: 1 Malaysia 147, 2 Vietnam 83.