Commonwealth Games: Singapore misses out on medal in women's 50m rifle 3 positions

Commonwealth Games: Singapore misses out on medal in women's 50m rifle 3 positions

Martina veloso 50m rifle 3 positions
Singapore shooter Martina Veloso could not make it a hat-trick of gold medals at the Commonwealth Games after finishing fourth in the women's 50m rifle 3 positions on Apr 13. (Photo: Reuters)

GOLD COAST, Australia: Singapore shooters Martina Veloso and Jasmine Ser missed out on a medal in their final Commonwealth Games event, the women's 50m rifle 3 positions, on Friday (Apr 13). 

The Singapore pair enjoyed a good start, featuring in the top three initially after the kneeling stage before trailing off in the prone stage.  

Ser, the defending champion in the event, was the third to be eliminated in the standing stage and finished sixth out of eight with a 408.8 score. 

She also lost the Games record she set in 2014, after India's Tejaswini Sawant set a new record with her 457.9, pipping Ser's previous mark of 449.1. 

Sawant's compatriot clinched second with a 455.7 score, while Scotland's Seonaid Mcintosh took bronze with 444.6. 

The result means Ser ended her Commonwealth Games campaign without a medal. She had won two medals each in 2010 and 2014. 

Ser told oktoSports after the competition that she was not "in the best health" for the Games. 

"I came here with fever and flu, and I had a racing heart rate today ... today and yesterday, I was just trying not to cough so much," said Ser. 

"I was fighting to do my best for every shot and it turned out quite well for my first 30 shots and I'm proud of myself ... I managed through the finals, I tried to fight in the finals - I actually know my errors now and that's a good thing." 

Jasmine Ser Commonwealth Games 50m rifle 3 positions
Singapore shooter Jasmine Ser conceded she was "not in the best health" for the Commonwealth Games. (Photo: Reuters)

There was also to be no hat-trick of gold medals for the 18-year-old Veloso after she finished fourth with a score of 432.3. 

She began the event in superb form, having won gold in the women's 10m air rifle and the women's 50m rifle prone in new Games record scores, but could not replicate her success on Friday. 

Veloso conceded that the pressure may have got to her, but she was still "happy" with her overall showing in the Games. 

"In qualifiers, I think I did a pretty good job and I'm happy with my result, but for the final it was a little bit tough because of the conditions and there was a little bit of pressure," said the Nanyang Polytechnic student.

"I just gave my best - I just (competed in the prone event) yesterday and it wasn't easy to recover in time. I'm happy with my fourth place (finish). 

"Nevertheless, I'm happy with the two gold medals I delivered in my past two events so it's a good competition for me." 

Singapore's two shooting golds in the Gold Coast matched its previous haul at the 2014 Glasgow Games, when Teo Shun Xie and Ser won a gold each. 

Source: CNA/ng

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