Commonwealth Games: Nerves to blame as Singapore's Teo Shun Xie fails to retain 10m air pistol title

Singapore shooter Teo Shun Xie finished with 133.9 points in the final and was the second competitor to be eliminated.
Singapore shooter Teo Shun Xie finished with 133.9 points in the final and was the second competitor to be eliminated.ST PHOTO: JONATHAN WONG
Singapore shooter Teo Shun Xie had qualified in fourth place for the eight-woman final at the Belmont Shooting Centre but struggled for consistency throughout the elimination shoot-off.
Singapore shooter Teo Shun Xie had qualified in fourth place for the eight-woman final at the Belmont Shooting Centre but struggled for consistency throughout the elimination shoot-off.PHOTO: REUTERS

BRISBANE (Australia) - Singapore shooter Teo Shun Xie relinquished her women's 10m air pistol Commonwealth Games title after she finished seventh in the final on Sunday (April 8).

The 29-year-old, who was the Republic's flagbearer at the opening ceremony on Wednesday, had qualified in fourth place for the eight-woman final at the Belmont Shooting Centre but struggled for consistency throughout the elimination shoot-off.

She finished with 133.9 points in the final and was the second competitor to be eliminated after Pakistan's Mehwish Farhan.

Teo told The Straits Times: "A bit disappointing in the final. I made too many mistakes, too many eights. When you make that many eights, it's too difficult to catch up, especially when there are so many top shooters in the field.

"My gun was also shaking a lot in the final. I was more nervous than in the qualifications."

She denied the pressure of being defencing champion played a role. She noted: "As long as you're human and you feel nervous, your hand will shake. I probably need to learn to shoot while my hand is shaking."

What did affect her was the shift in venue for the shooting final, which had sunlight coming in from behind the shooters. This made it harder for Teo to focus on her aiming sight and the target.

She said: "I just didn't adjust as quickly. I was very inconsistent. I hit a high score but the next shot I wasn't sure if I was aiming at the correct spot."

Teo's team-mate Teh Xiu Hong, 24, had qualified in eighth spot. She was the next to go and finished sixth on her Games debut with a score of 154.8 points.

India's Manu Bhaker, who turned 16 in February, won the gold with 240.9 points, a new Games record, ahead of compatriot Heena Sidhu (234) while Australian Elana Galibovitch (214.9) took the bronze.

In the men's 10m air rifle final, another Singapore debutant, 18-year-old Mohamad Irwan Abdul Rahman, finished eighth overall with a score of 119.9.

"I didn't shoot well in the first series of the final but did better in the second. The 10.9 gave me confidence and some momentum but it was tough trying to catch up," he said. "It was a great learning experience and I'll bring whatever I've learnt here for my future competitions."

At the last Commonwealth Games in Glasgow four years ago, Singapore won two golds in shooting.

Besides Teo's win, compatriot Jasmine Ser bagged gold in the women's 50m rifle three positions.