Saturday March 16, 2013
Armed Forcesí Joseline narrowly clinches shooting gold
By ASHREENA PILLAI
SUBANG: Joseline Cheah of Armed Forces clinched the womenís 10m air pistol individual gold at the National Shooting Association of Malaysiaís Ally T.H. Ong Trophy by the skin of her teeth yesterday.
The 30-year-old shot a 196 total to beat the 195.70 score of Kedahís Wahidah Ismail. Selangorís Noor Izzati Jasni finished third with a 174.8 total while Policeís Bibiana Ng was a distant fourth on 154.
It was Joselineís second victory of the year. She was the winner of the same event at the Selangor Shooting Championships in January.
ďIím very happy to win. Itís my first competition under the new rules, so it feels great to come away with a win,Ē said Joseline.
ďPreviously, we only shot a series of 10. Under the new rules, we have to shoot a series of 20. Itís very challenging mentally because after the eight series there is an elimination after every two series. So, the pressure is definitely on ... my heart rate is 10 times faster! Itís definitely tougher on the shooter but much more entertaining for the spectators.
ďIím still trying to adapt (to the new rules). But weíve been training under the new rules and thankfully itís paid off,Ē added Joseline, the 10m air pistol gold medallist at the 2011 and 2012 South-East Asian Championships.
Joseline is not done yet. She will compete in the 25m sport pistol tomorrow.
It was another disappointing day for Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi as she could only manage a fifth place finish in the 50m rifle prone with a five series total of 581.
Forces dominated the event with Muslifah Zulkifli emerging champion with a 587 total followed by team-mate Haslisa Hamed (586) and Malaccaís Nur Farah Afiqah Mohd Taufekh (584).
25m centre fire pistol
Individual: 1. Khalel Abdullah (For) 569, 2. Mohamad Ridhuan Mohamad (For) 566, 3. Hasli Izwan Amir Hasan (Prk) 565.
Team: Armed Forces (Khalel Abdullah-Mohamad Ridhuan Mohamad-Khairul Azri Mohamed Roslan) 1698.
50m rifle prone
Individual: 1. Mohd Hadafi Jaafar (Pol) 204.2, 2. Mohd. Hasnul Adzhar Mohd (Pah) 202.5, 3. Mohd Shahril Sahak (Joh) 181.0.
Team: Armed Forces (Mohd Ezuan Nasir Khan-Kamal Abu Nawas- Rusazha Mamat) 1753, 2. Police (Mohd Hadafi Jaafar-Sulaiman Sumari- Noraizat Mohd Jamil) 1744, 3. Pahang (Mohd Hasnul Adzhar Mohd Badrin-Mohd Nurrahimin Abdul Halim-Mohd Zulhilman Abdul Mutalib) 1742.
10m air pistol
Individual: 1. Joseline Cheah (For) 196.0, 2. Wahidah Ismail (Ked) 195.7, 3. Noor Izzati Jasni (Sel) 174.8.
Team: Armed Forces (Joseline Cheah-Siti Nur Masitah Mohd Badrin-Sapiah Pilus) 1122, 2. Police (Bibiana Ng-Siti Zawiah Mohamad- Sarifah Zalina Syed Zirazilah) 1099. 3, Selangor (Nurul Huda Nasir-Alia Nazirah Ishak-Siti Nurhana Hazmi) 1096.
50 rifle prone
Individual: 1. Muslifah Zulkifli (For) 587, 2. Haslisa Hamed (For) 586, 3. Nur Farah Afiqah Mohd Taufekh (Mal) 584.
Team: Armed Forces (Muslifah Zulkifli-Haslisa Hamed-Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi) 1754, 2. Pahang (Nur Ayuni Farhana Abdul Halim-Nur Afifah Tarmizy-Aina Zahiran) 1733, 3. Police (Dayang Hanidah Awang Abdul Hamid-Norlidah Abu Bakar-Dhiya Atiqah Mad Zainan) 1701.