SEA Games 2019: Teh Xiu Hong sets national record, Teo Shun Xie clinches medal
09 December 2019
By Angelina Dass
Singapore shooter Teh Xiu Hong was pleasantly surprised when she saw her scores after the 10m air pistol preliminaries on Monday (9 Dec) at the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
Singapore’s Teo Shun Xie clinched the bronze in the 10m air pistol finals.
At the Marine Corps Training Centre in Manila, the 25-year-old shot a total of 578 (with 15 bulls-eyes), breaking the national record of 577 which she had set in May this year at the Singapore Cup. That was good for her to be ranked 2nd going into the finals.
Team-mate Teo Shun Xie, the 2014 Commonwealth Games champion, was not far behind on 576 (also 15 bulls-eyes) and was ranked third. With two Singaporeans in the final, hopes were high of medals to follow.
However, the medal would elude Xiu Hong as she was eliminated in the dreaded fourth spot with a score of 193.3, just missing out on a podium spot. Shun Xie was next to be eliminated in shooting’s exciting knockout format for the finals, as she totalled 212.5 for the bronze medal. Malaysia’s Bibiana Ng was second last to be eliminated with a score of 231.9 leaving Thailand’s Natsara Champalat to clinch the gold with a score of 234.8.
Teh Xiu Hong shot a total of 578 (with 15 bulls-eyes) to set a new national record.
Said Xiu Hong on the near miss: “I told myself to enjoy the game instead of being so nervous about scores and ranking. It worked for my qualification.”
“My only thought (during the final) was trying to focus on doing my shots correctly as I was quite nervous and my hand was shaky,” said Xiu Hong who had won a bronze medal in 2013.
Despite leading the SEA Games empty-handed, Xiu Hong says she has gained from this experience, especially how to manage her composure in the finals.
The bronze medal was a consolation for Teo Shun Xie as she was aiming for gold.
“I need to learn from the mistakes I made here, and not make them again in the future,” she said.
As for Shun Xie, the bronze was a consolation seeing as she was aiming to repeat the gold that she won at the 2015 Games held at home. In fact, the 576 she scored in the preliminaries was a new personal best.
“But the finals didn't go as planned. I made too many mistakes,” said the 31-year-old, who picked up a silver for the same event in Myanmar in 2013.