Thursday, October 7, 2010

Shooting: Father, son team create history

BIBIANA Ng's run of a hat-trick of Commonwealth Games silver medals ended in New Delhi yesterday but it was not gold that she had hung around her neck but a bronze in the 25m pistol at the CRPF Campus. There was also another first for Malaysia as the father and son team of Edward and Benjamin Khor took bronze in the pairs double trap.

Malaysia have never previously won a medal in the pairs double trap.

Edward and his son scored a total 185 for the bronze, with the father scoring 47 in the first round and 45 in the second. Benjamin contributed 46 and 47.
England's Steven Scott and Stevan Walton took the gold with 189, finishing just a point ahead of India's Asher Norra and Ronjan Sodhi.

Bibiana, who took to the range in the afternoon session, was placed second after the qualifying round and hopes were high that she would end the long wait for a gold medal.

However, the Indian shooters were adamant to add to their country's haul and there was never any doubt that they would be fighting for gold and silver.

Anisa Sayed won the showdown with her teammate Rahi Sarnobat, scoring 786.8 to finish a clear winner. Rahi scored 781.0 while Bibiana scored 778.2.

Another Malaysian, Siti Nur Masitah Badrin finished sixth with 769.2 points.

"Despite not winning gold, I believe the bronze will give me a new touch for my remaining events -- air pistol individual and team," said Bibiana.

"I am also glad to have contributed a medal to the country after having served the two-year suspension (for failing a dope test).

"I finished fourth in the the 25m pairs pistol (with Siti Nur Masitah) yesterday (Tuesday) and I am happy to have improved to a medal."

In the 2006 Melbourne Games, Bibiana and Joscelin Yeo won silver in the pairs pistol while Hazli Izwan (25m rapid fire) and Suryani Taibi (50m rifle 3-position) claimed a bronze each.

Read more: Commonwealth Games /NST/

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