QUIET END­ING FOR SURYANI

Former Olympian set­tles for sil­ver at SEASA

New Straits Times - - Sport - FABIAN PETER fabian.mark@nst.com.my

FORMER Olympic shooter Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi failed to end her cam­paign at the 41st South­east Asia (SEASA) Shoot­ing Cham­pi­onships with an in­di­vid­ual gold medal.

Yes­ter­day, the 35-yearold mother of two set­tled for the sil­ver in the women’s 50m ri­fle three po­si­tion with a score of 437.6 points in the fi­nal at the Na­tional Shoot­ing Range in Subang.

Sin­ga­pore’s Jas­mine Ser came out tops with a to­tal of 457.9 points, while Philip­pines’ Teresa Acuna Am­paro took home the bronze on 415.7 points.

Nur Suryani, who com­peted in the 2012 Lon­don Olympics, also won the team sil­ver medal, along­side team­mates Sha­hera Rahim Raja and Haslisa Hamed with a to­tal of 1,717.

Jas­mine and team­mates Lim Yee Xien and Lind­say Veloso Martina bagged the gold on 1,719.

The team bronze medal went to Viet­nam’s Nguyen Thi Xuan, Nguyen Thi Ngan and Doung Thi Luyen who recorded a to­tal of 1,689.

Suryani, who made head­lines for be­ing eight-month preg­nant at the Lon­don Games, only won one gold this time around in the women’s 50m prone team event on Tues­day.

The Perak-born shooter, who is in the run­ning to fea­ture in her ninth Sea Games this year, took it out of her equip­ment as she was dis­ap­pointed to not have won an in­di­vid­ual gold medal.

“I had some prob­lems with my ri­fle prior to the com­pe­ti­tion and had sent it for re­pair.

“I only had about two weeks to train for the SEASA meet and I am very dis­ap­pointed with my per­for­mance,” said Suryani, who be­lieves that Sin­ga­pore will be Malaysia’s big­gest threat at the bi­en­nial Games in Kuala Lumpur this Au­gust.

RE­SULTS — Men, 25m cen­tre fire pis­tol in­di­vid­ual: 1 Dau Van Dong (Vie) 580, 2 Gai Bin (Sin) 576, 3 Hasli Izwan Amir Hasan 572; Team: 1 Viet­nam 1,732, 2 Sin­ga­pore 1,715, 3 Malaysia 1,695.

Women, 50m ri­fle three po­si­tion in­di­vid­ual: 1 Jas­mine Ser (Sin) 457.9, 2 Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi 437.6, 3 Teresa Acuna Am­paro (Phi) 415.7; Team: 1 Sin­ga­pore 1,719, 2 Malaysia 1,717, 3 Viet­nam 1,689.

Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi

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