Wednesday January 18, 2012
Suryani eyeing a second Olympic ticket
By LIM TEIK HUAT
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s national rifle shooter Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi is already assured a place in the London Olympics but she wants more.
The 29-year-old Suryani, who qualified for the Olympics in the 10m air rifle on Saturday, will be hoping to gun down a spot in the women’s 50m rifle three-position as well today.
Suryani primed herself for a shot at achieving what no Malaysian shooter has done at Olympic level with another steady performance in the 50m rifle prone at the Asian Shooting Championships in Doha on Monday.
Suryani scored 100-98-98-98-96-99 to tie for fourth spot on 589 points with Thailand’s Wankaew Supamas in the six-round competition.
India’s Kumari Raj took gold with 594 points ahead of China’s Li Peijing and South Korean Jeong Mi-ra, who both amassed 590 points.
The 50m rifle prone is not an Olympic event but it is the perfect confidence booster Suryani needed to be on the mark in the more demanding 50m rifle three-position today.
The discipline requires one to shoot in prone, standing and kneeling positions with the best eight shooters from the preliminaries advancing to the final.
And Suryani, who is the only Malaysian shooter to make the cut for the Olympics, is determined to get her act right to end her Asian Championships campaign on a high.
“I still have one more event to go and I hope to do well.
“I had a good rest and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I can maintain my momentum to qualify for the 50m rifle three-position as well.
“It will be a bonus if I qualify for the Olympics in this event as well,” said Suryani, who won both the 10m air rifle and 50m rifle three-position at the Indonesia SEA Games last November.
There are three Olympic spots up for grabs in the 50m rifle three-position at the Asian meet but it will be a tough scrap as China are the only country from this continent to secure the maximum two spots through the World Cup series last year.
Suryani’s effort in the 50m rifle prone also helped Malaysia to finish fourth in the team competition on a combined tally of 1,753, just losing out on the bronze to India by two points.
Nur Ayuni Farhana Halim and Muslifah Zulkifli finished 14th (583) and 21st (581) in the individual standings.
In the men’s 50m rifle prone, Mohd Hadafi Jaafar and Shahril Sahak were placed 18th (588) and 24th (587) respectively.