Jasmine Ser wins in Delhi, dedicates victory to late SSA president

Jasmine Ser
Jasmine Ser

She has been carrying the flag for Singapore shooting for almost a decade.

And when Jasmine Ser (above) won her latest title, the women's 10m air rifle at the Asian Airgun Championships in New Delhi, she dedicated her triumph to the Singapore Shooting Association president who supported her since the start of her career - Chng Seng Mok, who died of cancer on Saturday.

"It was him who saw the potential in developing the youth for the 10m events in Singapore years ago," the shooter told The Straits Times.

"I was one of those young shooters then, and without his support, I might not have continued shooting this long.

"Mr Chng also helped to set the stage to develop International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) events in Singapore and hence we're what we are today."

The reigning Commonwealth Games champion in the event, ranked 38th in the world, totalled 208.1 points in the final to beat Iran's world No. 6 Elaheh Ahmadi (206.6).

The 25-year-old held her nerve in the final two shots between her and Ahmadi.

Her rival hit 10.4 and 10.5 to put pressure on the Singaporean, who scored 9.9 with her first shot.

Needing at least a 9.0 in her final shot to win, Ser calmly shot a 10.4 to seal victory.

"It was my honour to shoot with the Iranian," she said of the tense finale with her illustrious opponent.

The win will boost her confidence ahead of November's Asian Championships in Kuwait, where she will have a final shot at qualifying for next year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

"The standard will be higher because China will be there so it will be a more exciting competition," she said.

"This competition is a good preparation for me."

May Chen

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 29, 2015, with the headline 'Ser wins in Delhi, dedicates victory to late Chng'. Print Edition | Subscribe