Suryani not fazed by 'big guns' in Hangzhou

KUALA LUMPUR: Veteran shooter Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi is not perturbed by the "big guns" at the Hangzhou Asian Games.

China's shooting star Qiongyue Zhang has been earmarked for the gold medal in the women's 50m rifle 3 positions after winning the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championships in Azerbaijan, last August.

However, Olympian Suryani said that based on her experience on the international stage, all the shooters have a fair chance and she will just focus on her performance.

Suryani, who had won the silver in the 50m prone rifle and bronze in the 50m prone rifle team in the 2014 Incheon Asiad, made history at the 2012 London Olympics being the "most pregnant" woman to ever compete in the Olympics at eight months.

"We need to focus on ourselves because other challengers are like us in the Asian Games because everyone's performance is not perfect," said Suryani in the national contingent flag-off for the Hangzhou Asian Games at the National Sports Council (NSC) in Bukit Jalil.

"Every athlete will have their advantages and disadvantages but they will surely do their best for their countries."

Suryani, who last competed in the Cambodia Sea Games in May, said the lack of international competitions for the national shooters is not an issue.

"We didn't get the exposure overseas for our preparation for the Asian Games but I will try my best for the country."

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