SEA GAMES 2019: With Bronze in hand Irwan sets eyes on World Cup in March
02 December 2019
By Angelina Dass
Mohamad Irwan Bin Abdul Rahman picked up the bronze in the 10m Air Rifle Finals at the Marine Corps Training Centre today (2 Dec). The 20-year-old was the third last to be eliminated in the finals, finishing with a score of 225.9 behind athletes from Thailand and Indonesia who scored 250.6 and 248.4 respectively.
Mohamad Irwan Bin Abdul Rahman (left) seen here with his coach, Klavs Joern Christensen.
Recovering from a “poor” preliminary result where he ranked seventh out of 14 participants, Irwan said he had to remind himself that qualifications were over so he could keep focused entirely on performing his best in the finals.
“I managed to translate those emotions into fighting spirit during the finals,” said the Singapore Sports School graduate.
From left) Gustafian Fathur from Indonesia takes home the silver while Thailand’s Pantayong Pongsaton takes home the gold. Irwan (far right) is seen here with his bronze medal.
Though his hands shook as he fired shots during the finals, he worked through the nerves as he knew he had a strong chance at a medal and had a “good feeling”.
“So, I just trusted myself,” he said.
Satisfied with his result, Irwan says he intends to tap on this experience as he turns his attention to the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup to be held in New Delhi next March.
“It is an opportunity to execute what I have trained. I will be participating in other events so really, it is more of exposure that I was looking forward to,” he added.
Irwan poses with his counterpart Emmanuel Chan En Yue who placed seventh out of eight competitors in 10m Air Rifle Finals.
This is Irwan’s second SEA Games medal having previously picked up a silver in the same event at the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur.