Story and photos by Stefanus Ian/Red Sports
Yishun SAFRA, Saturday, July 9, 2017 — Chen Wen Di of Raffles Institution (RI) clinched the 10m air pistol boys’ championship in a nerve-wracking finish that went all the way down to the last shot, winning by just one point as Hang Zizhou fell short.
The disappointment was clear on the face of Zizhou as he scored a 6.7 with his final shot. The St Hilda’s Primary School student said he felt tired towards the end of the competition but he still felt he should have done better with his last two shots.
“I didn’t know why but I just dropped my gun for the last two quotes, I messed up,” said the 11-year-old.
Despite missing out on gold by just one point, Zizhou said he is still “quite happy” with his performance.
“Actually I could have done better, but it’s already quite good, I improved from the last competition… by 28 (points) or something,” he added.
Zizhou’s score of 506 prevented an RI sweep with Yu Qi Yuan rounding off the top three with a score of 505 points. The third-placed Qi Yuan, had the highest score in a set across the three shooters when he shot 95 in the second set.
The two Rafflesians finished all their shots first and were clearly nervous as they stared at the scoreboard, waiting for Zizhou to complete his shots. Towards the end, they even stood up from their seats and walked behind Zizhou’s firing post to see how many shots the latter had left.
Wen Di admitted that he was a bundle of nerves during the tail end of the competition.
“I was really nervous with my fingers crossed,” said Wen Di after the competition ended.
Wen Di said he performed “badly” today adding that he was continuously adding up the scores while he was shooting. The 13-year-old said this was the most nervous he has ever been on a competition adding that he had never won by such a close margin.
“This was the closest competition for me,” said Wen Di.
In the other shooting events on Sunday, Ann Li Tay of Raffles Girls’ School won the Y13 10m Air Pistol Girls’ title while Nicole Ang of RGS also won the gold medal for the Y15 10m Air Pistol Girls’ category. More of the results can be found below.
Started in 2011, the Singapore Youth Olympic Festival serves as a continuation of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games that was held in Singapore in 2010. This year’s festival is the seventh edition and will feature 12 sports – badminton, 3×3 and 5×5 basketball, cycling, fencing, football 5s, rugby 7s, sailing, shooting, table tennis, taekwondo and beach and indoor volleyball.
Y13 10m Air Pistol Boys’
1st CHEN Wen Di
2nd HANG Zizhou
3rd YU Qi Yuan
Y13 10m Air Pistol Girls’
1st TAY Li Ann
2nd LEE Zoe
3rd TAN Ru Bing Rachel
Y15 10m Air Pistol Girls’
1st ANG Nicole Rong Chen
2nd TOH Sheryl Jing Ya
3rd LIM Song Qi Claudia
Y15 10m Air Pistol Girls’
1st CHIA Justin Yu
2nd LIM Bryon
3rd LOKE Ryan
Y17 10m Air Pistol Girls’
1st HO Amanda Grace Ern
2nd WOON Jamie Yong Hui
3rd LIM Charmaine Jia Jing
Y17 10m Air Pistol Boys’
1st POH Yu Hao
2nd OH Milford Xing Kang
3rd TAN Cheong Hsien
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