KUALA LUMPUR: Johnathan Wong is focus on giving his best in three major assignments next year.
The pistol shooter is determined to do well in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Indonesia Asian Games and the World Championships, which is a qualifying tournament for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The Melaka-born, who is under the Podium Programme, said he has to find new techniques to step up his performance in order to make an impact.
Johnathan enjoyed a decent season in 2017 with the men’s 10m air pistol gold medal at the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games in August being the most memorable. He also won the 50m pistol silver at the biennial games.
"I had an ‘okay’ 2017 season. My performance was stable but there are a number of things I need to address as next year will be quite challenging,” said the 25-year-old.
"Making it to the 10m or 50m final at the Commonwealth Games is not that hard, but in order to win a medal, I will need to work on my mental game.
"But at the same time, I cannot afford to neglect the world meet in South Korea in September as it is the first Olympic qualifying event.
"China and South Korea have some of the best shooters in the world while India are also very strong, so it will be a very difficult competition."
Johnathan, who qualified on merit for last year’s Rio Olympics, believes his Podium Programme inclusion will help him achieve his goals next year.
“At the moment, I have not been told what plans are in store for me next year. I believe it will be discussed later this month.
"Whatever it is, I am hoping it will help me,” he added.