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Nur Ayuni Ends Eight-Year Wait For Gold At Shooting Event

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SINGAPORE: National shooting athlete Nur Ayuni Farhana Abdul Halim ended the eight-year wait for a gold medal in the SEA Games for the50-metre rifle three position event at the National Shooting Centre in Singapore today.

Even sweeter is the fact that she won the medal on her mother’s birthday.

Khatijah Ismail, who turned 53 yesterday provided high spirits to Nur Ayuni Farhana, who shot consistently and finished with 446.7 points.

She defeated Supamas Wankaew of Thailand, who finished second with 442.9 points, while fellow national athlete Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi also contributed a bronze medal with 433.5 points.

Nur Ayuni, who has been participating in the SEA Games since 2009 recorded her best personal achievement to date, winning the first gold medal of her career.

“I am thankful for what I have received today, this gold medal is for my mom…it was her birthday yesterday. I love you (mom) so much. I messaged her to pray for me today. My mom was the one who always supported me in this sport of shooting,” she said

“I really focussed for this event. I could control the pressure well today.

Before this in Palembang 2011 I won the bronze medal for this event,” she said. She also helped the women’s team line-up comrpising herself, Nur Suryani and Muslifah Zulkifli in clinching the silver medal for the 50-metre rifle three position team event, with a total of 1,718 points.

The gold medal was won by the Thai trio with 1,735 points, and hosts Singapore won the bronze medal with 1,710 points. — BERNAMA

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