Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Sharp-shooting kid shows riflemen how it’s done

YOUNGSTER Mohd Nurra-himin Abdul Halim is the youngest in the shooting team but yesterday he brought new hope to the Malaysian rifle squad by winning a first medal in the Laos SEA Games.

The 16-year-old Nurrahimin played a prominent role to help Malaysia win the team silver in the 50m rifle three position at the National Sports Complex yesterday.

Together with Mohd Hadafi Jaafar and Mohd Zubair Mohd, the trio had a total of 3,400 to finish behind Vietnam (3,428). Thailand were third on 3,380.

Riflemen: The 50m rifle team of (from left) Mohd Hadafi Jaafar, Mohd Nurrahimin Abdul Halim and Muhamad Zubair Mohammad posing with their silver medals Tuesday.

In the individual event, Nurrahimin came in fourth on 1,231.3. Still, he was delighted with his performances in his first SEA Games.

“The team and I are happy that we ended the men’s rifle’s medal drought in Vientiane. To me, it is a big achievement after only taking up the sport two years ago,” he said.

Nurrahimin took up shooting after some coaxing from his elder sister, Nur Ayuni Farhana, who won the bronze in the 10m air rifle event last Thursday.

“This is a good start and I hope I will become a more established rifle shooter in the country,” added the 2008 Terengganu Sukma (Malaysia Games) gold medallist.

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