BACK WITH A BANG

Podium pro­gramme dropouts on tar­get at SEASA cham­pi­onships

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

IT was a great vic­tory for Podium pro­gramme dropouts Nur Suryani Taibi and Mus­li­fah Zulk­i­fli at the South­east Asian Shoot­ing Cham­pi­onships (SEASA) in Subang yes­ter­day.

The two were dropped from the pro­gramme in Fe­bru­ary and had to sur­ren­der their ri­fles and other equip­ment to the Na­tional Sports Coun­cil (NSC), who are the gun li­cence hold­ers.

It was a mat­ter of pro­ce­dure but Nur Suryani and Mus­li­fah were forced to with­draw from a re­cent lo­cal meet as the ri­fles were only re­leased a day be­fore com­pe­ti­tion.

How­ever, the duo have put the con­tro­versy be­hind them as they are now al­lowed to train with the ‘Kita Juara’ Sea Games pro­gramme shoot­ers un­der South Korean coach Park Sang Soon.

Yes­ter­day, the 35-year-old Nur Suryani, who is a mother of two, along with Mus­li­fah and Haslisa Hamed won the women’s 50m ri­fle prone team gold medal for Malaysia with a com­bined score of 1,754 points.

Sin­ga­pore fin­ished sec­ond on 1,740 points while Viet­nam took third with 1,735.

Nur Suryani also picked up the bronze in the ri­fle prone in­di­vid­ual fi­nal with a 589 se­ries, be­hind cham­pion Acuna Am­paro Teresa of the Philip­pines (591) and sil­ver medal­list Thi Thu Kyaw of Myan­mar (590).

“I am ex­cited train­ing un­der Sang Soon as he was my coach when I took part in my first Sea Games t the 2001 Kuala Lumpur edi­tion,” said Nur Suryani at Subang Shoot­ing Range yes­ter­day.

“In that edi­tion, I man­aged one gold in the 50m ri­fle three-po­si­tion with Nu­rul Hudda Ba­harin and Roslina Bakar.

"I hope to get into the Sea Games squad as it will be a unique achieve­ment as I am the only one left from the 2001 edi­tion.”

Nur Suryani said it will be great to add her col­lec­tion of gold medals in the up­com­ing Sea Games, although, there are no team events this time.

“I am not fin­ished yet with shoot­ing. I will carry on as long I can. Sang Soon has been very help­ful and I am learn­ing a lot from the Korean,” said Nur Suryani, a dou­ble gold medal­list (10m air ri­fle and 50m ri­fle three­p­o­si­tion) in the 2011 In­done­sia edi­tion.

RE­SULTS — Men’s 25m stan­dard pis­tol: 1 Phan Cong Minh (Vie) 569, 2 Gai Bin (Sin) 565, 3 Hasli Izwan Amir Hasan (Mas) 564; Team: 1 Viet­nam 1,682, 2 Malaysia 1,660, 3 Hong Kong 1,639.

Women’s 10m air pis­tol: 1 Shing Ho Ching (Hkg) 239.80, Teo Shun Xie (Sin) 236.20, 3 Pham Thi Ha (Vie) 214.90; Team: 1 Sin­ga­pore 1,133, 2 Malaysia 1,127, 3 Hong Kong 1,115.

50m ri­fle prone: Acuna Am­paro Teresa (Phi) 591, 2 Thu Thu Kyaw (Mya) 590, 3 Nur Suryani Taibi (Mas) 589; Team: 1 Malaysia 1,754, 2 Sin­ga­pore 1,740, 3 Viet­nam 1,735.

PIC BY OWEE AH CHUN

(From left) Haslisa Hamed, Nur Suryani Taibi and Mus­li­fah Zulk­i­fli won the 50m ri­fle prone team event at the South­east Asian Shoot­ing Cham­pi­onships in Subang yes­ter­day.

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