Tuesday March 19, 2013
Suryani not worried over poor start to year
By ASHREENA PILLAI
PETALING JAYA: Olympic shooter Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi may not have had the best of starts to the year but that has not waned her desire to get back to winning ways.
Since returning to competition last month, Nur Suryani has claimed just two bronzes Ė the 10m air rifle at the National Shooting Association of Malaysiaís (NSAM) Ally T. H. Ong Trophy 2013 on Sunday and the 50m rifle three-position at the Selangor Shooting Championships in February.
The 31-year-old, who was dropped from the national team after giving birth to her first child daughter Dayana Widyan in September last year, admitted that she is struggling to find her form. But she reckons that a slow start is better than a no-start.
ďThis year, Iím just going to focus more on what I need to do for myself. Make no mistake, Iím definitely gunning for a comeback, but I just donít want to do it just for the sake of it,Ē said Nur Suryani.
ďI donít have any targets except to focus on getting myself back to my best. I want to come back with renewed vigour and as a more solid shooter ... and Iíll do what I need to get back up there,Ē she added.
ďThe field is getting tougher and we have a lot of young promising shooters who are trying to push their way to the top. Last time, I was more relaxed because I posted the highest scores. When Iím relaxed, I donít push myself as much. So now, itís like wow! I have to step up my game. Itís an extra motivation for me.Ē
The Perak shooter definitely has her work cut out for her with the introduction of the new International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) rules this year in which qualification scores are not carried forward into the finals and all finalists start from zero.
ďI think it all depends on how well and how quick I can adapt to the new rules. Maybe I donít shoot well the first time, but I might do better in the next competition? Whoís to say?,Ē said Suryani, who will compete in the Sultan Iskandar Trophy 2013 in Kota Tinggi, Johor next month.
ďNow that there is added pressure when you make each shot and itís a whole lot more enjoyable.
ďItís definitely a step up in making the sport more spectator friendly because there are shoot-offs and eliminations,Ē she added.