Tuesday, June 15, 2010


Shooting: Ridhuan is Johor's top marksman

RIDHUAN Mohamed obliterated an entire field to win the Malaysia Games men's 25m rapid fire pistol individual gold by a massive 19 points at the Malacca City Council range in Ayer Keroh yesterday.

The national shooter from Johor had the gold practically sealed before his sixth and final series of shots and a low 85 only served to extend his lead by another five points for a total of 550, eight short of the Games record. Pahang's Wisnu Awaluddin finished a distant second on 531 with Amirul Syazwan Shamsuri of Selangor settling for bronze a point back. "My main aim was to be consistent in my scoring and the win would take care of itself.

I saw that the other shooters were hitting below the mark and I knew it was mine to lose. "I was not too happy with the low score in the final series but I'm glad I was still able to win my first gold at the Games after three attempts," said Ridhuan, 22. Ridhuan also led Johor to gold in the team event, combining with Azril Amin and Zaidi Muhamad for a 1,540 total to edge Pahang by a mere point.

Selangor claimed bronze on 1,520. "The team gold was a surprise as we are all in the navy and rarely have time to train together.

My teammates are based in Lumut and me in Kuala Lumpur so this win was very satisfying," said Ridhuan. Malacca celebrated their second shooting gold when national record holder Azlan Johari won the men's 10m air rifle event with 585 points while Pahang's Nurrahimin Abdul Halim (583) and Zubair Mohammad of the Federal Territories (581) settled for silver and bronze respectively. Nurrahimin led Pahang to the team gold with a 1,727 total ahead of FT, a point behind, and Perak (1,716). Aina Zahiran, 16, had three perfect series on her way to scoring 594 and a new Games record in the women's 50m rifle prone, bettering the old mark held by Pahang's Nasreena Nazaruddin by nine points. Chee Cia Cia of Sarawak (585) and Nur Farah Afiqah Taufekh of Malacca (580) took silver and bronze respectively while Pahang also set a new Games record of 1,751 in winning the team gold ahead of Malacca (1,732) and Selangor (1,721).

Reports By NST

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