SEA GAMES 2019:Shooters spurn golden opportunity
04 December 2019
The gold was very much within the grasps of Singapore’s shooters in the women’s 10m Air Rifle event at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines but fell out of reach for the Republic’s Ho Xiu Yi and Adele Tan.
Ho Xiu Yi in action during the 10m Air Rifle finals.
At the Marine Corps Training Centre in Metro Manila, the duo were consistent in the preliminary rounds with Adele collecting 627 points to emerge as top qualifier for the finals while Xiu Yi’s 625 points saw her in second position in the field of 13.
The final shootout for the top eight qualifiers proved a different proposition for the Republic’s athletes who could not manage the big scores when it mattered.
Adele was third last to be eliminated, earning her the bronze medal with a score of 227.3 points.
The 20-year-old said that her performance could have been better, and the challenge in shooting is to start afresh with every new round
Adele Tan speaking to her coach, Haiping Song.
“It does not mean qualifying first will guarantee me a medal, nor shooting badly in the qualifications will mean I will not win a medal,” she said. “The medal shows we are on the right track, but we definitely need to work more in preparation for more competitions next year”.
As for Xiu Yi, the score of 248.2 was not quite enough as Indonesia’s Vidya Rafika Rahmatan Toyyiba grabbed the gold medal by shooting 249.9.
Brave smiles from the pair who felt they could have performed better.
The 19-year-old said she was disappointed because she did not achieve what she had set out to, which was to stay focused on the technical aspects of shooting.
“I made mistakes and lost focus and towards the end of the match, which was upsetting for me. But it was a good learning lesson for me which I can take to future games,” said the national record holder who was making her SEA Games debut.