Saturday September 22, 2012
Veteran Bibiana wins 10m air pistol title after a great fightback
By LIM TEIK HUAT
PETALING JAYA: Veteran Bibiana Ng is still going strong.
Despite turning 35 in June, Bibiana is not ready to relinquish her position as the top woman pistol shooter in the country.
And she showed her pedigree again by claiming the 10m air pistol individual title in the National Shooting Championships at the Subang Shooting Range yesterday.
The policewoman, who first made headlines as a shooter with a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur in 1998, staged a superb comeback to clinch the gold.
She even defeated national team-mate Joseline Cheah, who won the event at the SEASA Championships in Subang in June.
But it was never easy. Bibiana was lying third after the preliminaries two shots behind Joseline and Nurerffani Abdul Malick on 380 points.
But she bagged the honours after posting an impressive 100.7 score in the final round to finish with a total of 480.7 points.
Joseline and Norerffani responded with identical scores of 93.9 to settle for silver and bronze respectively.
”I won the Commonwealth Games gold medal in the same event. In shooting, age is not a factor.
”You can continue shooting as long as you feel you are still competitive. I still train as hard as when I first started,” said Bibiana, who hails from Sarawak.
The win has given her the confidence to aim for a double in the 25m sport pistol event tomorrow, where she rewrote her own national record at the Tun Tan Siew Sin championships two months ago.
Bibiana’s efforts helped her employers Police (PDRM) clinch the gold in the team event as well with a total of 1,125 points ahead of Armed Forces (1,119) and Pahang (1,095).
Meanwhile, Malacca shooter Liew Tack Fai set a new national record in the 25m centre fire pistol in the junior ranks.
Tack Fai had equalled the eight-year record of 575 set by Leong Jia Chyuan of Selangor at the Tun Haniff Trophy in April this year and went a step further yesterday by posting 583.