PETALING JAYA: Recurve archer Atiq Bazil Bakri has set himself three targets this year.
He wants to beat the national double 70m recurve record, qualify for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and win a SEA Games gold medal in June.
The current national record for the double 70m recurve event is 677 points, which was set by former national No. 1 Cheng Chu Sian at the 2009 SEA Games in Laos.
The double 70m recurve event sees archers shoot two rounds of 72 arrows each.
“It’s not too difficult, but I will have to work hard and stay focused if I want to break it,” said Atiq, 21.
“However, I did not improve much last year ... my performances were always fluctuating. I have to be more consistent.”
Despite his poor form, Atiq, Khairul Anuar Mohamed and Haziq Kamaruddin made history by winning the men’s team silver – and Malaysia’s first archery medal – at the Asian Games in Incheon last year.
And that has given him the belief that the team can book a spot in the Rio Olympics and win a gold medal at the Singapore SEA Games in June.
The archers, however, will have to get past the first round of the World Championships in Copenhagen in June to qualify for the Olympics.
“We have improved as a team. We hope to qualify for the Olympics and repeat our success from the 2013 Games in Myanmar,” said Atiq, who settled for a silver after losing to Khairul in the men’s individual recurve final in Myanmar.
by Joash Ee De Silva - The Star