HARD WORK: Thanks coach for perfecting positioning, accuracy
Nur Suryani celebrates after winning the women’s 10m air rifle individual gold at the Jakabaring Sports Complex in Palembang yesterday. - Picture by Yazit RazaLi
Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi kept her nerve to cap her best ever Sea Games outing by edging a Commonwealth Games champion in the women's 10m air rifle individual event for her second gold medal of the competition yesterday.
The 29-year-old, who won the 50m rifle three-position on Saturday, turned in an impressive performance to post a 497.1 score to edge Singapore's defending champion Jasmine Ser Xiang Wei by 1.1 points for the title.
Nur Suryani is now the most successful local woman rifle shooter after being the first to win two individual gold medals in a single Sea Games, in addition to her gold medal effort at the Commonwealth Games and bronze in the Asian Games, both last year.
On the secret behind her success here, Nur Suryani said she prepared comprehensively before the Games.
"I was determined to make an impact here and so I trained hard under my coach (Saidov Isroil), who taught me ways to perfect my positioning and accuracy," said the delighted Nur Suryani, after winning her third individual Sea Games title at the Jakabaring Shooting Range.
The Ipoh-born shooter won her first individual title at the 2005 Manila edition before sealing another two titles here.
Nur Suryani started well as she easily topped the preliminary round on 395, two points ahead of Jasmine.
But it turned out to be a nervy affair for the Malaysian in the final as the Singaporean found her form and was shooting near perfect scores.
Jasmine scored an impressive 103, 0.9 points ahead of Nur Suryani in the final but the Malaysian won the event, courtesy of her fine score in the preliminary round.
"Although, I was leading then, I felt nervous as Jasmine was aggressive in the final. But I told myself then to remain calm and maintain my form to match her scores.
"Overall, my performance was not that good. I did not target anything going into this event. This victory will definitely be a motivational factor for me to train harder to earn an Olympic spot in January's Asian Championships," she added.
Malaysia have so far managed two gold, three silver and two bronze medals with one day of competition remaining. Hasli Izwan Amir Hasan and Hadafi Jaafar lead Malaysia in today's men's pistol centre fire and 50m rifle three-position events.