By: Lee Jinjia
Princhuda Methaweewong, better known as “Radar”, is not new to the international scene as she has previously represented Thailand in the Women’s 10m Air Pistol at both the 2014 Incheon Asian Games and 2015 Gwangju Universiade.
She finished a respectable 22nd at the 2014 Asian Games, while claiming silver in both the Women’s individual and team events at the 2015 Universiade.
At the tender age of 20, that is some CV to boast for the Chulalongkorn University Communication Arts student.
Methaweewong was coming into the 2016 AUG in decent form. Hence, it is no surprise that she defeated her closest rival, Teh Xiu Hong of Singapore convincingly to claim gold in the Women’s individual 10m Air Pistol.
Despite winning gold, she was far from satisfied.
“I think that I only performed so-so. I think that it is not good enough as when I practice I can do better. Maybe, I have high expectations of myself,” said Methaweewong with a wry smile.
Methaweewong took gold at the current games with a final round score of 194.5, while she managed a relatively higher score of 197.6 in Gwangju. This reifies what she meant by she could have performed much better.
The true mark of a great athlete is one who does not bask in glory, but one who possesses the hunger and drive to continue to strive for excellence. Methaweewong epitomizes that spirit. She aims for perfection.
Beyond that resolute front, Methaweewong is a rather quiet person. Her poise in shooting somewhat reflects her reserved personality.
“I ever tried Taekwondo and I do not like it because it hurts me, but shooting allows me to be calm and focus on everything,” she mentioned.
Surprise surprise, aside from shooting, she also enjoys singing, dancing and drawing in her free time.
Shooting might not be her first passion, but she has continued to thrive admirably in it in addition to her duties as a university student. She has even come to enjoy it now.
“My father asked me to try this sport. At first we were looking for a sport to play as it will make it easier to enter the university. I tried it out and I do it well,” said Methaweewong.