Metodi Igorov celebrates his gold medal at the 2002 Manchester Games.
International competitors in the Air Pistol and Small Bore Rifle events will test minds, skills and fitness at the Melbourne International Shooting Club.
The bayside Melbourne International Shooting Club is hosting the Small Bore and Pistol Shooting events with the most respected names from Australia, England, Canada and India amongst those performing.
In the Women’s 10m Air Pistol event, Canadian Kim Eagles will line up against world record holder Latilia Yauhleuskaya from Australia and team mate Dina Aspandiyarova.
In the Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol, Games champ Metodi Igorov from Canada is looking to complete his medal cabinet, adding to his gold medals at the Manchester Games and in Kuala Lumpur in 1998.
However, all eyes will be on the Indian team who showed strong performances at the recent Australia Cup.
As for the Malaysian contingent, their shooters Bibiana Ng Pei Chin, Nur Suryani Taibi and Hasli Izwan Amir Hassan are going to use the Games to prove their skills, which the National Shooting Association of Malaysia secretary-general, Mejar (Rtd) Jasni Shaari, is hopeful will result in a medal.
Jasni said the shooting squad needs to crack the dominance of the Australian and Indian shooters in order to win any of the 40 gold medals contested.
“Australia boasts imported talent while India has made great strides in recent years. The trouble with our shooters is that they have lacked consistency. They have to adjust quickly to the conditions especially for the outdoor events,” said Jasni.
In the Women’s 50m Rifle, Malaysia’s main rivals will be Australia’s Susan McCready and Susanah Smith and Manchester Games gold medal winner Anjali Mandar Bhagwat from India.
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