Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Three Times Top Marks But Only One Gold To Show

BANGKOK, Nov 27 (Bernama) -- With top scores in three consecutive SEA Games, national shooter Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi should be showing three gold medals but has only ended up with one.

It may look bizarre but Nur Suryani saw gold medal slipping away from her again in the 24th SEA Games shooting event which started at the Shooting Range of the Sports Authority of Thailand here today.

In the 2003 SEA Games in Hanoi, Nur Suryani settled for silver on countback despite being tied with a Vietnamese shooter.

But luck was on her side two years later in the Philippines when she gained the gold on countback to edge a shooter from Vietnam after both were tied.

Today, Nur Suryani, who quit her studies at the Universiti Teknologi Mara to concentrate on shooting and search for a job, was again denied the gold when she lost on countback to Myanmar's Than Than Saw after both were tied at 587 marks.

"I am used to it now. Maybe luck is not with me. The same situation happened in Hanoi and Manila... anything can happen," she said.

Malaysia lodged an official protest claiming discrepancies in Nur Suryani's registered points in the last series but this was rejected by the jury.

However, Nur Suryani still managed to deliver Malaysia's first gold medal when she teamed up with SEA Games debutants, Nur Ain Ibrahim and Haslisa Hamed, to win the team gold after shooting a total of 1,755 points, 10 more than hosts Thailand. Indonesia took the bronze with 1,743 points.

"I am quite surprised with their (debutants') performance. They are still new but overcame the pressure," Nur Suryani said.

Nur Suryani said she would now concentrate on the 50m Rifle 3 Position on Thursday and the air rifle two days later.

The Ipoh-lass said her top priority was the coming Asian Championship in Kuwait where she would be competing to earn an Olympic berth.


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