Muhammad Ezuan Nasir Khan (right) hugging Muhamad Zubair Mohammad as Mohd Hadafi Jaafar (sitting) looks on after they won the silver medal in the 10m air rifle men's team at the Singapore SEA Games on Saturday. - IZZRAFIQ ALIAS/ The STAR
SINGAPORE: The weather was erratic. And so were the Malaysian shooters.
When the dust settled, two silvers and a bronze were all Malaysia could deliver on the opening day of the shooting competition.
As the skies outside turned from sunny to rain, the women’s 10m air rifle team got off to a decent start at the indoor shooting range in SAFRA, Yishun.
They won silver with 1,222.9 points from Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi, Nur Ayuni Farhana Abdul Halim and Muslifah Zulkifli. Singapore took gold with 1,223.9 points while Thailand finished third with 1,219.2 points.
Muhd Ezuan Nasir Khan, Mohd Hadafi Jaafar and Muhammad Zubair Mohammad followed suit, with a silver in the men's 10m air rifle team event after posting 1,826.9 points. Thailand clinched gold with 1,844.0 points.
In the women's individual event, Ayuni scored 160.7 points to finish fourth, but was gifted the bronze as the rules do not allow a country to make a clean sweep. Singapore’s Tessa Neo, Jasmine Ser and Martina Lindsay Veloso had scored a 1-2-3 finish.
Nur Suryani could only finish seventh with 97.0 points.
“It’s like being given a free medal (the bronze) ... I would have preferred to win it outright. But I guess this is like rezeki (good fortune),” said Ayuni.
The 25-year-old shooter said she doesn’t usually target individual success, but is looking to bounce back in the women’s 50m rifle prone on Tuesday and the 50m rifle three-position on Friday at the National Shooting Centre.
“I’m a team player. I’m looking forward to regrouping with the girls and go for gold in the both the 50m prone and three P (three-position) events.”
The men didn't fare any better in the individual competition. Zubair was fourth with 160.2 and Asian Games silver medallist Ezuan was seventh with 98.1 points.
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