The 30-year-old nailed the gold medal in her first attempt in the 50m rifle three-position at the Tun Hanif Trophy shooting championships at the Subang Shooting Range yesterday.
Suryani, who has a nine-month-old baby girl, made an impressive comeback in the final round to win with a total of 445.0 points.
Suryani was placed fifth after the preliminary round with 580 points but she eliminated national elite shooters Nur Ayuni Farhana Halim and Muslifah Zulkifli en route to reaching the shootout for the gold medal.
The Armed Forces shooter edged team-mate Haslisa Hamed 147.4-142.7. Haslisa amassed 443.4 points for the silver.
Suryani gave birth after returning home from the London Olympics and was subsequently dropped from the national squad.
“This is the first time I’ve competed in the 50m rifle three-position this year ... although I’ve shot in three local meets before,” said Suryani, who holds the national record for the event.
“It took me a long time to reduce my weight after my pregnancy in order to compete in the 50m rifle three-position as it involves standing, prone and kneeling.
“How could I compete in this event when I was pregnant?
“Anyway, I’m happy that I can still shoot well despite not practising for so long.”
Suryani is also the reigning SEA Games champion for this event and the 10m air rifle. Unfortunately, both events will not be featured in the Myanmar SEA Games in December.
The organisers have only listed the 50m rifle prone this time.
But Suryani is not perturbed.
“The SEA Games is no big deal ... my focus is on the bigger meets, like the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games next year,” she said.
10m air rifle individual: 1. Mohd Ashraf Mohd Izham (Pen) 200.0, 2. Mohd Nurrahimin Abdul Halim (Pah) 198.0, 3. Nik Muhd Aimullah Supardi (Joh) 177.4.
10m air rifle team: 1. Perak 1734, 2. Pahang 1729, 3. Penang 1725.
25m rapid fire pistol individual: 1. Hasli Izwan Amir Hasan (Prk) 572, 2. Mohd Ridhuan Mohd (Forces) 570, 3. Hafiz Adzha (Prk) 563.
25m rapid fire pistol team: 1. Armed Forces 1595.
50m rifle three-position individual: 1. Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi (Forces) 455.0, 2. Haslisa Hamed (Forces) 443.4, 3. Nur Syahirah Zulkifli (Sel) 428.4.
50m rifle three-position team: 1. Armed Forces 1711, 2. Pahang 1658, 3. Malacca 1644.