(Petikan The Star Online, Friday December 5,2008)
PETALING JAYA: Shahera Rahim Raja upstaged the more experienced Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi to win the women’s 10m air rifle individual gold on the opening day of the National Shooting Championships at the Subang Shooting Range yesterday.
Shahera then played her part in helping the Armed Forces shoot down the national record in the team event.
Shahera, Nur Suryani and Muslifah Zulkifli bettered the previous national mark of 1174 by one point.
The previous record was set by Nur Suryani, Saidatul Ashikin Roslan and Haslisa Hamed two years ago.
In the individual competition, Shahera found herself trailing Nur Suryani by two points after the preliminary round.
Shahera shot 97-99-98-98 for 392 points while Suryani managed 96-99-99-100 to head the field of eight to qualify for the final on 394 points.
In the final, Shahera got the better of her Armed Forces team-mate when she chalked up 103.6 for a 495.6 total.
Nur Suryani, the top woman rifle shooter in the country, settled for silver after shooting 98.4 for a total of 492.4.
This is the second time Shahera has beaten Suryani in a local competition. The 22-year-old also fared better than Suryani in the Tun Tan Siew Sin Trophy Championships in July last year where she set a national record of 500.5.
“I am satisfied I was able to produce a good performance although there has been no competition for some time.
“I will try to be more consistent in the remaining events,” said Shahera, who will also compete in the 50m rifle prone today.
While the Armed Forces took home two golds yesterday, the remaining three gold medals were shared by shooters from Kedah, Perlis and Johor.
P/S - Kepada sesiapa yang tertanya-tanya.. Shahera is my becoming SIL soon.. Everyone is proud of you Shera.. Tetambah Ibu yang melahirkan anak nan bertuah ini.. Bunga api dalam hati Daddy tak perlu disangkal lagi.. Family and friends were excited about this.. Kami sama-sama tumpang gembira atas kejayaannya.. Didoakan moga akan beroleh kejayaan lagi di hari-hari mendatang.. Aminnn..
Congrats on your achievement.. I am proud of you.. So does your brother that keep sms-ing me to watch you on tv.. He is proud of you to.. Walau Abang-mu degil tapi jauh di lubuk hati, he loves you so much.. I know.. Jangan terpedaya dengan kata-kata yang keluar dari mulut dia.. Lakonan semata.. Haha.. Sori my dear Mr. Fedex.. So, dah berjaya ni.. Tak nak suruh Mak carikan jodoh lagi ker? Haha.. Don't frust everytime you failed.. Hope to see your name in the Top Ten Asia ranking soon.. Good luck ok.. We are always with u.. Pray and hope..
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