Shooting: Bronze medal at ISSF World Cup vindicates shooter Teo Shun Xie

Singapore shooter Teo Shun Xie (right) celebrating bronze in the women's 10m air pistol at the ISSF World Cup. China's Lin Yuemei and Zhang Mengxue took gold and silver respectively.
Singapore shooter Teo Shun Xie (right) celebrating bronze in the women's 10m air pistol at the ISSF World Cup. China's Lin Yuemei and Zhang Mengxue took gold and silver respectively.PHOTO: SINGAPORE SHOOTING ASSOCIATION

Less than satisfactory showings at home in recent months has left national shooter Teo Shun Xie stumped, wondering if she was doing something wrong.

She got all the assurance she needed yesterday at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in New Delhi, India - in the form of a bronze in the women's 10m air pistol event.

Teo posted 217.4 in the eight-woman field, finishing behind China's Lin Yuemei (240.8) and Zhang Mengxue (237.8) in the elimination format final.

This is her second World Cup medal in as many finals, coming after another bronze in the same pet event at the Rio de Janeiro World Cup last April.

The 28-year-old 2016 Olympian told The Straits Times in a phone interview last night that her scores while training at home have lingered around 374 and 375, "nowhere near" the 380 and above a shooter needs to make the final on the world stage.

Said Teo, who shot a 380 in the qualifier yesterday: "My scores haven't been really good, so this was a surprise.

"At least now I know it can be done, and I've probably been doing something wrong back home.

"I'll need to go back and figure out what it is."

The field in New Delhi missed most of the world's top 10m air pistol shooters, with the European championships going on at the same time.

Just three of the world's top 20 in this event featured. Teo, who juggles training with her job as a research officer at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, is ranked No. 21.

But with the Chinese fielding world No. 1 Zhang, the reigning Olympic champion, those shooting alongside Teo were still some of the world's best.

Champion Lin is also a former junior world champion and a medallist on the World Cup circuit.

Her score was a new world record, although it was set after the adoption of a new competition format by the ISSF from this season.

Said Teo, the reigning Commonwealth Games and SEA Games champion: "I guess it does increase the chances of getting into the final.

"To me, once you've made the final, you've just got to make full use of the opportunity that's there - just really focus and just do what you've been training for."

She is slated for the 25m pistol event on Wednesday, while team-mates Jasmine Ser and Martina Lindsay Veloso are pencilled in for the women's 50m rifle three positions today.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 27, 2017, with the headline 'Bronze medal at ISSF World Cup vindicates shooter Teo'. Print Edition | Subscribe