SEA Games: Pistol shooter Teo Shun Xie's shot at redemption

The comeback is one of sports' most demanding character tests. In a continuing series, The Straits Times charts the varying journeys of five remarkable SEA Games athletes. Overcoming adversity is not new for pistol specialist staking her claim to be region's best

SEA Games 2015 air pistol champion Teo Shun Xie failed to qualify for the 2017 SEA Games but is confident of a good performance at this year's competition.
National shooter Teo Shun Xie will go to the Philippines with her cross hairs focused on a pistol gold medal she last won in 2015. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
National shooter Teo Shun Xie will go to the Philippines with her cross hairs focused on a pistol gold medal she last won in 2015. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

Shooting is Teo Shun Xie's chosen sport but tennis has always been her passion. So it is no surprise when asked which athlete she admires most, she says she would like to be Roger Federer for a day just to "see what it's like to be a top athlete in the tennis world".

But it is Rafael Nadal that the Singapore shooter has more in common with, a nod to the mental grit which saw her stage several comeback wins in a decade-long career.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 26, 2019, with the headline 'Shot at redemption'. Subscribe