28 February 17 The Straits Times by MAY CHEN
Jasmine Ser put the disappointment of last year's Olympic Games well behind her yesterday when she found success at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup leg in New Delhi.
Competing in the women's 50m rifle three positions event, the 26-year-old knelt, laid prone then stood, eventually finding herself standing tall on the podium with a silver medal slung around her neck.
Ser (453.8) finished behind China's Zhang Yiwen (455.7) and ahead of German Eva Rosken (443.6) in the elimination format final. This is the two-time Olympian's first World Cup medal in her pet event. She has a bronze in the 10m air rifle won at the Bangkok stop in March last year.
The achievement clearly bore significance her, competing overseas in this event for the first time since the Olympics in August.
While her Rio Games showing had left her dejected, Ser is now, in her own words, "refreshed".
She told The Straits Times over the phone yesterday: "We've been having quite a bit of local shoots the past few months, so I've been shooting every weekend.
"I feel refreshed. It's good."
Windy conditions over the past few days at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Ranges had Ser slightly concerned, although it did not seem to affect her much yesterday.
Her qualification score of 585, close to her best of 590 recorded at the Asian Games in 2014, was second-best in the final field of eight, and would have easily qualified her for the final in Rio.
While the field missed some of the event's top names, it still included world record holder Snjezana Pejcic of Croatia - she did not make the final - and Olympic finalists Christen Nina of Switzerland and Najmeh Khedmati of Iran.
Said Ser: "I was looking forward to winning one (medal) today, and I did it. I guess I can look forward to better scores and more achievements next time.
"If I want it, I can do it. It's not (a goal that is) unreachable - I just have to be more consistent."