Team Singapore's Gai Bin celebrates winning the bronze medal during the Men's Pistol 25m final (Photo by Vivek Prakash / Sport Singapore)
Team Singapore added yet another medal to its prize haul at the 17th Asian Games on Friday morning, when shooter Gai Bin shot a total of 584 points to bag the Bronze medal in the 25m Men's Center Fire Pistol competition. This is Gai Bin's second Bronze medal – he and his teammates finished third in the Men's 25m Standard Pistol competition on Thursday – and it is also the first time a Singaporean male has won a medal in an individual pistol event at the Asiad.
Teammates Poh Lip Meng and Lim Swee Hon finished 16th and 22nd respectively. The Singapore team finished sixth in the team event. The individual Gold medal went to Oleg Engachev of Qatar while Jin Yongde of China took Silver. China won the team event, India took Silver and the South Korea claimed Bronze.
“I think I did okay today. I didn't really control my shots in the last two rounds as well as I would have liked because I was a little nervous. I certainly could have done better,” said Gai Bin.
With regard to his overall performance at this year's Games, Gai added: “I'm not too pleased with my performances in the first few events like the 10m and 50m events. I'm glad we won a Bronze for the team event yesterday, but again my control in the closing stages let me down.”
Team Singapore's Jasmine Ser in action during the Women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions Finals (Photo by Vivek Prakash / Sport Singapore)
Over at the Women's 50m Rifle Three Positions competition, Team Singapore shooter Jasmine Ser put in a stunning performance in the qualifying round, scoring 590 to create a new Personal Best, a new National Record, as well as set a new Games Record. Fellow shooter Li Yafei finished 12th out of 40 shooters with a total of 576 points.
Ser, however, could not maintain that sizzling form throughout the final, and finished sixth out of eight competitors. It was a thrilling final nonetheless – the Singaporean was in the lead from the first round of the Kneel position, even posting a perfect score of 10.9 in the second round. She kicked off the first round of the Prone position with a resounding shot of 10.9 again, but things soon started to change and her scores gradually decreased in the Standing position.
But while most people would expect Ser to be devastated, having let slip her golden chance at securing her first Asian Games medal, she emerged from the competition with a wide smile as she spoke to the press.
“The competition's really tough and I'm still trying to adapt to the new shooting rules. I had some difficulties with my prone and standing position during the event - this is my weak area and something that I need to work on,” she said.
When asked how her incredible qualifying round results affected her state of mind ahead of the final, Ser said: “You have to forget about your qualification time. Of course it felt good to shoot really well then – I shot my personal best and set a new Asian Games record. And I did forget about it and went into the finals with a fresh start.
“But every finals has its own challenges and I just need to get used to it. I just need to go for more competitions and training and I'm sure I will improve.”