Thursday, June 11, 2015

It’s just not happening for Malaysian shooters

SINGAPORE: Thailand rule, Malaysia rue. And the gold draught continues.

That’s the story at the National Shooting Centre on Wednesday.

Mohd Hadafi Jaafar was the only Malaysian medallist – a bronze.

He placed third in the 50m rifle while the women shooters fired blanks.

Thailand’s Supalerk Wijan picked up the gold after collecting 206.3 points in the final, with his compatriot Attapon Uea-aree bagging the silver with 205.7. Hadafi scored 183.6 points.

The other Malaysian in the event, 2014 Incheon Asian Games silver medallist Muhd Ezuan Nasir Khan finished fourth with 162.9 points.

Hadafi, who won silver in the 10m air rifle team event last week, said “the Thai shooters were clearly better this time”.

“I’m glad I won the bronze. Thai shooters were very consistent,” said policeman Hadafi.

“My pet event, the three position, is not contested here, so it’s a bonus for me to return with a silver and a bronze.

“I hope to win a gold medal in Malaysia in 2017.”

The Thai shooters also dominated the women’s event, winning all three medals in the 50m rifle prone. Ratchadaporn Plengsaengthong won the gold with 623.6 points, Thanyalak Chotphibunsin got silver with 623.5 and Sununta Majchacheep the bronze with 622.6 points.

Muslifah Zulkifli, in fifth place, was the best Malaysian finisher in the competition with 618.8 points. Nur Ayuni Farhana Abdul Halim was sixth with 616.9 points and Nur Suryani Taibi was 11th with 606.4 points.

The Star Online

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