Para sports: Nur Syahidah Alim strikes gold at Asian Championships in Bangkok

Para archer Nur Syahidah Alim's next major assignment is the Asean Para Games in the Philippines from Jan 18-25, 2020. ST PHOTO: GIN TAY

SINGAPORE - Singapore's world No. 1 para archer Nur Syahidah Alim continues to prove why she is the best in the business when she won gold at the Bangkok 2019 Asian Para Archery Championships on Friday (Oct 25).

Going into the compound women open knockout rounds as the fifth qualifier, the 34-year-old received a bye into the second round and demonstrated her sharpness.

After eliminating a pair of South Koreans - 12th seed Jeong Jin-young 140-137 and fourth seed Kim Mi-soon 136-133- she then stepped up a gear to beat Chinese duo, top seed Lin Yueshan 145-142 in the semi-final and third seed Zhou Jiamin 145-140 in the final, to nail the gold.

Syahidah told The Straits Times: "What helped me in this competition was focusing on the game plan and learning to enjoy the journey."

And what a journey it has been. In June, she pipped reigning Paralympic champion Jessica Stretton for her first world title and secured Singapore a berth at next year's Paralympics.

Then, at the beginning of this month, Syahidah reached the summit of the compound women open individual world rankings.

She said: "I feel very proud and blessed to be able to achieve so much this year. It is a great honour to be able to continue to represent Singapore through extraordinary feats.

"My training programme from Coach (Pang) Qing Liang, as well as the support from my team at Singapore Sport Institute has been very effective.

"The achievements this year are an affirmation that what we are doing in training is on the right track."

While her ultimate goal is to be at the top of the Paralympics podium in Tokyo - she had reached the quarter-finals at Rio 2016 - Syahidah's next major assignment is the Asean Para Games (APG) in the Philippines from Jan 18-25.

She said: "A break will need to wait as I will be preparing for the APG in January. My target is to win another gold for Singapore."

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