Rishipal wins pistol individual gold medal at Sukan Malaysia

Sarawak, Malaysia | 29 July 2016 | Asia Samachar |
Selangor trios from left are Ng Chen Shin, Rishipal Singh Dhanoa and Tan Tong Tat. – Photo/Bernama.
Selangor trios from left are Ng Chen Shin, Rishipal Singh Dhanoa and Tan Tong Tat. – Photo/Bernama.

Lanky Rishipal Singh Dhanoa sprung a surprise to win the gold medal for the 10m air pistol individual gold medal at Sukan Malaysia (Sukma) 2016 on Thursday (28 July 2016).

A rare opportunity to team up with Malaysian national elite shooter Eddy Chew at the recent Asean University Games (AUG) in Singapore seems to have done Rishipal a world of good, according to The Star.

At that event two weeks agoTwo weeks ago, the 20-year-old Rishpal, Eddy and Choo Wen Yan gunned down the team gold medal in the 10m air pistol event.

His confidence buoyed, the young Selangor shooter upstaged the more illustrious Eddy and Pahang’s Abdul Hadi Malek to clinch the 10m air pistol individual gold medal at the Sarawak Shooting Range on Thursday. He fired 574 points to equal the Sukma record set by Pahang’s Abdul Hadi in 2012, the newspaper reported.

The Selangor trio of Rishipal, Tong Tat and Ng Chen Shin also bagged the team gold medal with a 1,697 total, which shattered the previous Sukma record of 1,680 set by Pahang in 2012.

“This is an achievement for me because today’s field was one of the toughest … I was so nervous,” Rishipal was quoted in the report.

“I was incredibly lucky to be selected for the AUG … and having Eddy as team-mate there helped me a lot….But shooting also requires good mental strength and I’m happy to have pulled through with a personal best as well…I hope this result will give me more opportunities to represent the country and eventually qualify for the Olympics one day.”


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