Suryani could only shoot 606.8 – the lowest among the three-member team as Muslifah Zulkifli and Nur Ayuni Farhana Abdul Halim posted 617.3 and 614.9 respectively in the 50m rifle prone team event. - FAIHAN GHANI / The Star
SINGAPORE: With experience and age comes a lot of responsibility. Nur Suryani Taibi knows that.
That’s probably why the 32-year-old Olympian was apologetic for letting down her team-mates in the 50m rifle prone team event.
The Malaysians settled for yet another silver medal at the Singapore National Shooting Centre. It was the fifth silver for the national shooting team’s campaign at this SEA Games.
Suryani could only shoot 606.8 – the lowest among the three-member team as Muslifah Zulkifli and Nur Ayuni Farhana Abdul Halim posted 617.3 and 614.9 respectively.
It wouldn’t have made much difference if she had scored 10 or 15 points more because the girls’ combined total of 1,839 was 30 points behind a much superior Thailand, who bagged the team title with 1,869.3.
“I’m really disappointed at not being able to contribute more for the team,” lamented Suryani.
“It was windy and my performance was affected.
“I expect myself to do much better than this. As I’ve aged, I no longer take things for granted.
“Years ago, my favourite events were always the 10m air rifle and the 3P (rifle three positions), but not the prone as it’s not an Olympic event.
“But now I’m not choosy anymore. Each time I go into a competition, I will really go all out and look to win.”
The girls still have a chance to end the Malaysian shooting gold medal drought having made the 14-contestant individual final.
In the men’s event, their counterparts were equally disappointing.
Mohd Hadafi Jaafar, Muhd Ezuan Nasir Khan and Mohd Lufti Othman posted a combined 1,836.8 total to sit in fourth place behind Thailand (1,845.2), Singapore (1,840.1) and Myanmar (1,839.2).
Hadafi and Ezuan will feature in Wednesday’s individual finals.
The Star Online