Singapore’s star shooter Jasmine Ser battled all odds to win the gold with Olympic quota in Women’s 50m Rifle Three Position at Asia Olympic Qualifying Competition for Shooting.
25-year-old Jasmine was struck with food poisoning after arriving in India and had to be taken to a hospital where she was put on intravenous drip.
“I was down with food poisoning, diarrhea, vomiting and fever for the past three days, so I didn’t have much strength to shoot, said Jasmine.
The Rio Games will be Ser’s second Olympics. She competed at the London Games on an unused quota place.
Jasmine, had qualified for the finals with a score of 586. In the finals, she finished the kneeling series in 2nd place with 153.5 points, only to slip in 4th after the prone with 306.0. However, in the last and decisive segment of the final, she shot a consistent standing series, overtaking South Korea’s Lee Kyerim, Iran’s Mahlagha Jambozorg and India’s Elisabeth Susan Koshy, eventually finishing with 458.0 points to claim the gold and most importantly a ticket to Rio.
While she has been known for her prowess in the 10m air rifle, she has improved by leaps and bounds in the 50m rifle three position since she took it up about six years ago.