School Sports: AJC and Raffles Institution clinch team shooting titles

Anderson Junior College did the Double in winning both the individual and team titles in the Schools National A Division girls' air pistol competition at Yishun Safra on Tuesday.

Crystal Lee emerged winner of the individual title, despite not being among the favourites to be victorious. Nevertheless, her 369-point was enough for the title, and it also propelled her school to the team title with a total score of 1,067 points.

"I tried my best not to think about the shots," said Crystal. "I kept forcing myself to think about the action, the movement and the rhythm."

Isabella Ong (365) of Dunman High School came in second at the individual competition, while Samantha Song (360) of Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) settled for third.

Raffles Institution (1,059) and National Junior College (1,050) were placed second and third respectively in the team event.

In the A Division 10m Air Rifle boys' final, HCI's Royce Chan scored an impressive 614.1 points to clinch the individual title.

However, the marksman was not satisfied with the result. Said Royce: "It is an acceptable score but I know I could have done better."

Despite his victory, HCI could not retain its team title, losing it out to Raffles Institution (RI) who scored a total of 1,810.4 points. The battle went down to HCI's final shot, and the onus was on Joshua Low to win it by shooting. Unfortunately, his shot was not good enough, and RI went on to win by a margin of just 0.7 points.

Said Sean Tay of RI, who came in second in the individual event with 606.1 points: "It was definitely a relief to win the team title because Hwa Chong performed quite well today."

Keith Chan of Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) (ACS(I)) was third with 605.3 points. HCI (1809.7) were placed second in the team competition and ACS(I) (1781.1) settled for third.