National shooter Hasli Izwan Amir Hassan treasures his one-year old pistol.
He has become more steady in his performances since using the pistol last year but more than than that, he simply loves the serial number B9901.
“I like the number, especially, the last digit. I always strive to be the number one and that number etched on my pistol reminds me of that,” said Hasli.
And if all falls into place, Hasli may become the country’s first gold medallist at the Laos SEA Games.
He will be taking part in the 25m standard pistol event on Dec 10.
There will be other events on that day too including diving and karate but the outcome of those events would be known later in the day.
Taekwondo will begin on Dec 9 but realistically, they do not stand a chance of winning a gold medal.
Hasli said he would be out to win the first medal.
“I will give my best and try to win a gold. If it becomes the country’s first in the SEA Games, it will be a bonus for me. I will try,” said Hasli.
Hasli will also take part in the rapid fire and centre fire events.
His pet event is the rapid fire and he has been unbeaten in this event for eight years in the local scene and SEA region.
“We have completed our one-month centralised training programme in Langkawi. The team are ready to give good performances at the range,” he said.
This year, he scored 570 points to shoot down the 22-year-old national record of 566 belonging to Sabiamad Ahad en route to winning the men’s 25m standard pistol event at the Tun Hanif Trophy Championships.
For the record, Hasli was a SEA Games gold medallist in the rapid fire in Kuala Lumpur (2001), Manila (2005) and Korat (2007).
He also hopes to score a first in the SEA Games by winning more than one gold medal in the biennial series for the first time. STAR