KUALA LUMPUR – With 12 days to go before the 2018 Commonwealth Games gets underway in Gold Coast, Australia, national shooter Johnathan Wong Guanjie is sharpening his shooting skills.
The country’s Olympian, who will be participating for the second time in the Commonwealth Games, said what he needed to be focus on with the Games nearing was his shooting skills to avoid mistakes that could impact on his results during the competition.
“So far my training has proceeded smoothly, last month we (the national shooting squad) underwent training that focused on boosting strength, so in this final stretch I am stressing on improvin g my techniques,” he told a Podium Programme press conference at the National Sports Institute (ISN) here today.
Jonathan, who pulled off surprise at the Kuala SEA Games 2017 (KL2017) by beating the Rio Olympics championHoang Xuan Vinh of Vietnam, has set a personal target to win medals irrespective of the colour at the Commonwealth Games this time.
He will be competing in two events, namely the men’s 10m air pistol and 50m men’s pistol and is hoping that his previous experience in Glasgow would give him greater confidence and opportunity to achieve his goals.
Johnathan admitted that he is not feeling under pressure to perform at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games although he will be competing with shooter from India who are ranked higher as well as those from other national contingents who are also targeting medals.
“I feel confident with myself and my team but for me, I have to emphasise on my own performance. Outside pressure will not affect my performance and enthusiasm,” he said.
Johnathan, who is also the only national shooter with the Podium Programme, said he received much psychological and physiological support under the ISN.
The Podium Programme is a special programme to mould elite athletes to shine on the inetrnational stage.
For him, the services had a great deal of positive impact on his performance and Jonathan hoped that he would receive more professional through the Podium Programme. – BERNAMA