Benjamin Khor, using his new Perazzi shotgun, broke the national record for double trap when he scored a 27 at the Iskandar Trophy Shooting Championships in Johor Baru on Sunday.
KUALA LUMPUR: The arrival of their Perazzi shotguns after a year-long wait has inspired Edward Khor and his son Benjamin to sizzle at the Iskandar Trophy shooting championships at the Johor Baru Shooting Range.
The duo are hoping to continue riding that momentum into the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in July.
On Sunday, the 20-year-old Benjamin, using his new shotgun, wrote a new national record in the double trap en route to winning the gold medal at the Iskandar Trophy.
He defeated Tan Tian Xiang 27-16 in the gold medal playoff and his score of 27 was two targets better than the national record he set at the Tun Tan Siew Sin Trophy at the Subang Shooting Range in February.
His father Edward, 52 finished third in the same event with a score of 17.
A beaming Edward expressed gratitude to sponsor Kulim Malaysia Berhad for getting them the shotguns which cost RM50,000 each for that added push in their shooting careers.
“We have been waiting for this equipment for almost a year and it arrived just before our Iskandar Trophy tournament. Perazzi is like the Formula One of guns - most world class shooters use this.
“In the past, we were not using the latest equipment in shooting ... it was like driving a second-hand car during a Formula One race,” he quipped.
“With better weapons, we are certainly looking forward to a good showing at the Commonwealth Games. Benjamin has adjusted well to his new shotgun and that has translated into a new national mark,” said the older Khor, who will be joining his son in Glasgow.
Edward also attributed Benjamin’s good showing to a more regimented training programme since joining the National Sports Council (NSC) elite programme last month.
“Now, he trains four to five times a week instead of twice. This will surely put him in the right frame of mind going into the Commonwealth Games,” he said.
Edward was also happy that the profile of the Iskandar Trophy has been lifted with the organiser’s decision to offer prize money to the winners.
Benjamin won US$1,000 (RM3,200) for the first spot, Tan received US$500 (RM1,600) for the silver and Edward took home US$250 (RM815) for the bronze.
Meanwhile, as part of their preparations for the Commonwealth Games, the Khor duo will compete in the World Cup Shotgun in Almaty, Kazakhstan, from May 17.