EZUAN PROVES CRIT­ICS WRONG

Podium pro­gramme dropout sets new na­tional record

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

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

147 shots.

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.

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