Ayuni (right) receives a hug from team-mate Muslifah Zulkifli after winning the 50m rifle three position event. - IZZRAFIQ ALIAS / The Star
SINGAPORE: This one’s for you, mama!
Nur Ayuni Farhana Abdul Halim left Kuala Lumpur with one mission in mind - to win gold at the Singapore SEA Games for her mum Khatijah Ismail.
The 25-year-old, who made her first appearance at the Laos Games in 2009, had already waited six years to win the gold.
But that wait ended at the National Shooting Centre when Ayuni shot 446.7 points to win the gold in the women’s 50m rifle three positions event.
Ayuni was a little teary-eyed after she won. “I’m very thankful to God for this. A gold on the last day of the competition!,” said Ayuni, dedicating the medal to her mother who had celebrated her birthday on June 9.
"Ma, this gold is for you! Love you so much,” added Ayuni, who won bronze in the event four years ago in Palembang.
“My mum has been my biggest supporter from the start. Even when my dad wasn’t very keen because I was sitting for my Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) then, she’d send me for training.”
The rifle shooter from Kuantan said the win will inspire her to work harder with the aim of going to the Rio Olympics next year.
Thailand’s Supamas Wankaew took silver with 442.9 while Malaysia’s Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi was good for bronze with 433.5 points.
Earlier in the day, Ayuni, Suryani and Muslifah Zulkifli clinched the silver for the 50m rifle three positions team event with 1,718 points.
The Star Online