PETALING JAYA: It was heartbreak for Hasli Izwan Amir Hasan as he was disqualified from the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Munich, Germany, on Monday.
The 2005 Manila SEA Games gold medallist, who was once ranked 35th in the world, had been looking forward to the tournament in his bid to earn points to haul himself back into the world rankings after taking a year-long sabbatical.
However in a cruel twist of fate, the 36-year-old fell foul to the ISSF Rule 18.104.22.168 Ammunition Test. The rule states each shooter must begin each stage of competition with one full box of 50 cartridges on the bench or table (five sighting shots, 30 match shots, 10 cartridges for possible ammunition testing and five cartridges for a possible malfunction re-fire series) and failure to do so will result in a disqualification.
It was a dismal outing for Malaysia as none of the shooters failed to impress.
Khalel Abdullah could only manage to finish 40th with 564 points in the 25m rapid fire pistol.
For Jonathan Wong and Nur Ayuni Farhana Abdul Halim, they failed to make it past the qualification rounds in their respective events yesterday.
Jonathan, who was placed 60th in the men’s 50m pistol with a score of 534 on Sunday, had to settle for 85th spot in the 10m air pistol with a score of 570.
As for Nur Ayuni, she scored 567 points to finish 45th in the women’s 50m rifle three-position.
Four Malaysians will take to the Olympic Shooting Range today. Mohd Hadafi Jaffar and Mohd Nurrahimin Abdul Halim will compete in the men’s 50m rifle three-position while Joseline Cheah and Bibiana Ng will take part in the women’s 10m pistol.