Hasli’s best can land him medal
OLYMPICS-bound pistol shooter Hasli Izwan Amir Hasan, if he manages to equal the world record score of 591 in the 25m rapid fire which he has done in training, will put him in the frame for a medal in Beijing.
The Perak-born shooter said a medal is possible provided he overcomes competition day pressure.
“It’s different in training.
“There’s no pressure when you are practicing alone unlike in competitions.
“However, my feat in training has given me that self-confidence and self-believe ahead of the Games,” said Hasli by telephone from Langkawi yesterday.
The current world record of 591 is held by Russia’s Alexei Klimov and Germany’s Christian Reitz.
“However, in competitions, I have not been making any impact with my season’s best being 579.
“But I have gained an insight and also received some tips from world-class shooters during several competitions this year.”
Hasli, 31, is currently under coach Hashim Desa at the Langkawi International Shooting Range.
The shooter made history by becoming the first national shooter to qualify for an Olympics on merit when he posted a national record 581 to take silver in last year’s Asian Championships in Kuwait.
On his target, Hasli said he would be extremely happy if he could finish among the top 10.
“I need to score 583 to make the top 10 and post around 586 to make the final of six shooters. It’s tough but I’m not going to Beijing to make up the numbers.”
Hasli, who will leave on Aug 11, will start his campaign on Aug 15 at the Beijing Shooting Range.