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Team Singapore shooter Teo Shun Xie reacts while in action during the 10m Air Pistol Women's Qualification (Photo by Joseph Nair / Sport Singapore)


Team Singapore shooter Teo Shun Xie concedes that she is disappointed with her performance on the opening day of the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, but she's not going to let it affect her upcoming competitions.

The 25-year-old, who bagged the Republic's first gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in July with a sterling performance in the Women's Individual 10m Air Pistol event, was unable to replicate that stunning success today. She scored a total of 377 in this morning's qualifying round of the same event, and finished 16th in a field of 52 athletes.

Teo said: “I'm quite disappointed as I was hoping for an improved score, but at the same time I'm glad that I did not shoot a score that is lower than what I shot in Commonwealth ames.”

When asked if she was quietly hoping for a dream start to her Asian Games campaign following her success in Glasgow, Teo said: “No I wasn't. Every competition is a new start. Every shooter hopes to have a good start in each competition, but we have to remain focused and pick ourselves up even after having a bad start.”

The host nation's Kim Jangmi topped the qualifiers with a score of 384, but she finished seventh in the finals. Instead, it was China's Zhang Mengyuan who won the event with a score of 202.2. South Korea's Jung Jeehae finished a close second at the Ongnyeon International Shooting Range, winning the silver medal with a score of 201.3, while India's Shweta Chaudhry (176.4) bagged bronze.

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Team Singapore shooter Teh Xiu Hong in action during the 10m Air Pistol Women's Qualification (Photo by Joseph Nair / Sport Singapore)


Teo's teammate, Teh Xiu Hong, put in a great effort to finish 10th in the qualifiers with a score of 381. Nicole Tan came in 26th with a score of 372. The three ladies also missed out on qualifying for the finals of the team event. Their combined score of 1130 points earned Singapore a sixth place in the qualifiers.

The trio's next competition will be the Women's Individual 25m Pistol on Monday, 22 September.

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Team Singapore shooter Lim Swee Hon in action during the 50m Pistol Men's Qualification. Lim qualified for the Finals (Photo by Joseph Nair / Sport Singapore)


Over in the Men's Individual 50m Pistol qualifying event, Lim Swee Hon outshone his counterparts with a good showing, chalking up his personal best of 559 points to qualify for the finals. Gai Bin and Poh Lip Meng finished with scores of 544 and 553 respectively, and the trio's performance meant that Singapore finished fifth in the Team Finals with a score of 1656.

Lim, who won a team silver and individual bronze in the 10m pistol event at the 2013 Myanmar SEA Games, finished in sixth place with a score of 109.4 in the finals. India's Rai Jitu won gold with a score of 186.2.


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