Team Singapore’s Jasmine Ser Xiang Wei in action during the 10m Air Rifle Women's Qualification (Photo by Jaewon Lee / Sport Singapore)
From fourth to third, and back to fourth again, Team Singapore's 10m air rifle women's trio of Jasmine Ser, Martina Lindsay P Veloso and Cheng Jian Huan were taken on a rollercoaster ride of emotions at the Ongnyeon International Shooting Range on Monday.
The women were initially in fourth place with an impressive score of 1241.1 – just 0.5 points shy of South Korea. Shortly after the preliminary results were revealed, Team Singapore's shooters learned that Zhang Binbin, a top Chinese shooter, was disqualified after she failed the equipment check. This elevated the other teams' positions, meaning that our shooters were now the Bronze medallists.
However, just about an hour later, the decision was again changed after China was successful in their appeal against the disqualification. Team Singapore eventually finished in fourth place.
Individually, Jasmine Ser shone in Monday's events, finishing eighth out of 54 competitors in the qualifiers with 415.9 points before advancing to the finals where she grabbed fourth spot with a score of 164.9. Teammate Martina Lindsay P Veloso, who is making her Asian Games debut, finished 14th with a score of 413.6, while Cheng Jian Huan was in 26th place with a score of 411.6.
Despite not being able to win a medal, Singapore's star shooter was not disappointed.
“I'm content. I just came back from the World Championships, and I didn't do so well there. I should be satisfied about finishing fourth here and move on,” said Ser.
“I was telling the rest of my teammates that I came in ninth in the last Asian Games, but this time I qualified eighth, and fought my way to fourth. This gives me more motivation to work even harder and take my 10m event to the next level,” she added.
Team Singapore’s Martina Lindsay Veloso in action during the 10m Air Rifle Women's Qualification (Photo by Jaewon Lee / Sport Singapore)
Veloso, who is only 14 this year and is making her debut at the Asian Games, focused on the positives as well, saying: “I'm okay that we didn't get the Bronze medal, because China deserved it - they even shot a new world record. I'm glad that I did my best and have been consistent. This Asian Games has been a great opportunity and I don't think many people my age would have had the chance to attend something like that.”
Over at the Women's 25m Pistol event, Team Singapore shooter Teh Xiu Hong posted an outstanding performance in the qualifying rounds, finishing top out of 44 athletes with a score of 294 in the Precision segment. She later scored 278 points in the Rapid segment and finished an overall 16th in the 25m pistol competition. Together with her teammates Teo Shun Xie and Nicole Tan, the trio came in eighth in the team event with 1714 points.