Wednesday January 23, 2013
Wen Yan hungers for more titles after winning medals at AYOF
PETALING JAYA: The year has got off to a great start for Choo Wen Yan and the shooter is now hungry for more titles this year.
The 20-year-old made an impressive debut at the recent Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF) in Sydney where he won a gold and a silver.
Wen Yan shot a personal best of 664.7 points in the 10m air rifle to finish ahead of China’s Li Hang (662.9) and compatriot Abdul Hadi Abd Malek (660.7) on Thursday. It was his first win at international level.
Two days later, Wen Yan returned to the Sydney International Shooting Centre in Cecil Park where he shot 599.6 in the his pet event, the 50m pistol, to take silver behind China’s Wu Jiayu (606). Australia’s Kristian Callaghan was third on 596.2.
“To be honest, I was expecting to medal at both events. I was happy to come away with one gold and one silver but I never expected to improve my personal best. It really took me by surprise,” said Wen Yan.
Wen Yan will now turn his sights on two events – the Selangor Shooting Championships and Milo-NSC-SportExcel First Malaysian Junior Shooting Championships. Both events will be held simultaneously at the Subang Shooting Range from Jan 31-Feb 3.
“The next competition is in 10 days’ time and my aim is to do better than I did in Australia,” said Wen Yan who will be competing in both the 10m air rifle and 50m free pistol events.