Friday, November 30, 2007

Heartbreak For Nur Suryani

BANGKOK, Nov 29 (Bernama) -- It was heartbreak for national shooter Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi who came very close to winning her first individual gold but fumbled at the last hurdle.

Nur Suryani, 25, from Ipoh, could only managed a bronze in her favourite event, the women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions after hitting a total of 665.3. The event was won by Thailand's Hongprasert Sasithorn.

Hongprasert shot 669.5 while silver went to her teammate Kusuma Tavisri with 668.4.

In the morning session, Nur Suryani, who helped clinch Malaysia's first gold of the 24th SEA Games here on Tuesday in the 50m Rifle Prone team together with Nur Ain Ibrahim and Hasliza Hamed, also had to settle for bronze in the team category (50m Rifle 3 Positions) with the same teammates.

Still looking for her first individual gold after also winning a silver on Tuesday (in the individual 50m Rifle Prone), Nur Suryani went into the final round lying second but the pressure was too much for her to handle.

"I was confident of winning but nerves got the better of me towards the end. My performance in the standing position was not as good as in the kneeling and lying down situations," she told Bernama.

Furthermore, the changing wind conditions also affected her concentration, and was made worse when the final round was moved into the indoor arena.

Nur Suryani added that she was hoping to do the best scores here to boost her morale when taking part in the Asian Championship in Kuwait next week where she will be aiming to qualify for the Beijing Olympics next year.

Other Malaysians in action today ended up empty handed.


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