Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Malaysia's First Gold Medal in 24th SEA Games

Malaysia won their first gold medal of the 24th SEA Games narrowly missed garnering another, both in the women’s shooting event.

The women’s 50m Rifle Prone Team delivered the gold medal but the second gold slipped out of Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi’s hands when she lost on countback in the individual category.

Nur Suryani had led two SEA Games debutantes, Nur Ain Ibrahim and Haslisa Hamed, to win the team gold with a total of 1,755 points, 10 more than the team from host Thailand and eventual bronze medallist Indonesia who had 1,743.

It was a heartbreak indeed for defending champion Nur Suryani who, having shot a total of 587 points, lost the individual gold medal on a countback to Myanmar’s Than Than Saw, who also scored 587 points. Based on Than Than’s score of 99 on the last shot in five series, the Myanmar shooter bagged the gold to dislodge Nur Suryani who had 96.

Malaysia lodged an official protest claiming discrepancies in Nur Suryani’s registered points in the last series but this was rejected by the jury.

HURRAH! One for the ladies!