DESPITE just completing a two-year suspension, Bibiana Ng has qualified for the Laos Sea Games.
|Bibiana Ng surpassed the Sea Games mark in the 25-metre sport pistol in the Tun Tan Siew Sin Championships on Sunday.|
She surpassed the Sea Games mark in the 25-metre sport pistol in the Tun Tan Siew Sin Championships at the Subang Shooting Range on Sunday.
Bibiana came close to breaking her national record of 779.6 points set two years ago, by posting 779.4 in the competition.
Her preliminary round score of 580, which was just two points off her national mark set in 2004, saw her surpassing the SEA Games qualifying mark of 573.
Bibiana's return to her best augurs well for Malaysia in the shooting competition in Laos in December.
Bibiana, Joseline Cheah and Siti Nur Masitah tested positive for a banned substance in the Ally T.H Ong Trophy in 2007 and were suspended for two years. The suspension ended in April.
In their absence, Malaysia failed to win individual titles in the 2007 Korat Sea Games with the three gold medals won in team events.
Bibiana said she was delighted to be on top again.
She also bagged the women's individual 10m air pistol gold with 474 points in the Tun Tan Siew Sin event.
"This is my first win in more than two years and it feels great. I continued to train while serving the suspension as I had no intention to quit then," said the 27-year-old yesterday.
"I was confident that I would be able to qualify for the Sea Games on merit sooner or later. I am looking forward to shooting at the Sea Games again although the shooting squad have not been finalised."
Bibiana has been granted leave from her job as an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) based in Bukit Aman.
"I am now training full-time with the national team and the main focus this year will be the Sea Games," added the Sarawakian.