SINGAPORE- During his review of Team Singapore's performance at the 2011 SEA Games in Indonesia, chef de mission Tan Eng Liang singled out the shooting contingent as a major disappointment.
The shooters won just a gold and a silver in Palembang, a huge drop from their performance at the 2009 Games in Laos where they had bagged six golds, five silvers and five bronzes.
Tan's words stung, and the shooters are eager to make amends at the Myanmar SEA Games, targeting two golds in the six events they are participating in.
"All of us want to prove that our performance last time round was not typical. We can do much better than that," said 2010 Commonwealth Games champion Jasmine Ser.
However, the 23-year-old's medal quest has been made more difficult as her pet event, the 10m air rifle, is not among the events being contested at Yangon's North Dagon Shooting Range.
Instead, she will compete in the 50m rifle prone event, which the Thais and Malaysians have traditionally dominated.
She said: "In competition, we fire off 60 shots from the prone position and it can get tiring to hold the rifle in that position for so many shots.
"I can endure the tiredness but that is when mistakes often occur.