Joseline And Suryani Are The Ones To Watch

It was Malaysia’s second medal in the World Cup after Suryani triumphed in the 10m air rifle event in Sydney three years ago. Joseline certainly deserves a pat on the back for not giving up when the chips were down. It was only a few years ago when she and two others – Bibiana Ng and Siti Nur Masitah Mohd Badrin – served a two-year suspension after being tested positive for a banned substance.

Joseline only returned to competition at the end of 2009 for the Laos SEA Games. The 29-year-old produced a sensational performance in Munich by breaking her seven-year record of 386 points in the women’s 10m air pistol by two points in the qualifying round. She amassed 388 to finish third. In the final, Joseline took silver behind Victoria Chaika of Belarus.

Joseline has since qualified for the Myanmar SEA Games in December with her effort. The qualifying mark for SEA Games, based on the silver medal placing from Indonesia, is 380 and Joseline knows that the gold medal is hers for the taking if she can repeat her World Cup form. That’s why a local meet like the Tun Hanif Omar Trophy has its own importance and Joseline will be the centre of attention when she shoots in her pet event tomorrow.

“I enjoyed the outing in Munich as not only did I break my national record but I also won a silver medal,” said Joseline, who is eyeing her first individual medal in the SEA Games. “Not many Malaysians have achieved this feat and I’m proud to be one of the few,” She won the team bronze in the 25m air pistol in her second SEA Games appearance in Laos four years ago.

“I don’t want to put pressure on myself now. I want to take things step-by-step and focus on the next event. My ultimate goal is to still to qualify for the Olympics.” Nur Suryani, who gave birth upon her return from the London Olympics last August, is also out to show that she can still hack it on the international scene in the rifle discipline.

Suryani was dropped from the elite national squad early this year and has been told that she needs to prove herself against team-mates Nur Ayuni Farhana Halim, Muslifah Zulkifli and Shahera Rahim Raja before she can regain her place.

Suryani, a double gold medallist for Malaysia at the last SEA Games in Indonesia two years ago, knows that time is running out and she will have to prove her worth in the competitions in the next few months.

*Sumber dari The Star


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