HASSANUL Adzhar Badrin put himself firmly in contention for a ticket to the New Delhi Commonwealth Games with a record-breaking display at the Malaysia Games shooting competition in Ayer Keroh yesterday.
The 19-year-old Pahang shooter won gold in the men's 50m rifle prone individual after posting a personal best of 592 points, which erased the old record of 590 held by Selangor's Wang Wen Chuen since 2000.
It also beat the Commonwealth Games qualifying mark of 590 but does not guarantee Hassanul an automatic spot as there are three other shooters ahead of him.
"It's my personal best score but I don't know if it's enough to warrant selection. There are two senior shooters who have done better and even the runner-up here has shot a better score before.
"At least it puts me in the frame for selection and if I'm picked, then it would be great to go to my first Commonwealth Games," said Hassanul, who first came to prominence by winning gold at the 2005 Malaysia Games as a 15-year-old.
Johor's Muhly Ibrahim Shah, who had achieved a 593 this year, ended with silver on 588 while Abdul Hanif Ali of Terengganu took bronze on 587.
The team event gold slipped from Hassanul's grasp when Johor scored 1,759 points to beat Pahang (1,747) to gold with Perak earning bronze on 1,742.
Selangor's Amirul Syazwan Shamsuri grabbed gold in the men's 25m standard pistol individual after posting 549 points, missing the Games record by a point, with Negri Sembilan's Jasmi Mohamad Zin (538) and Khairul Azri Roslan (537) settling for silver and bronze respectively.
Pahang won the team gold with 1,596 points while silver and bronze went to Selangor and Johor who scored 1,553 and 1,551 respectively.
Kedah's Wahidah Ismail scored 373 points to win the women's 10m air pistol gold ahead of silver medallist Nabilah Asharza Azlan of Malacca and bronze medallist Stella Han of Sarawak, who both scored 370 but were separated on countback.
Pahang romped to the team gold with a 1,102 total while Sarawak (1,095) and Malacca (1,093) had to be satisfied with the minor medals.
Reports By NST