National pistol shooter Eddy Chew is aiming to make the finals of the 10m air pistol event at the Incheon Asian Games. - Filepic
KUALA LUMPUR: Teenager shooter Eddy Chew is eyeing a place in the final in next month’s Incheon Asian Games in South Korea after missing out on a medal in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
The 19-year-old, who made his debut in the Commonwealth Games, lost to 60-year-old England shooter Michael Gault, in the fight for the bronze medal in the men’s 10m air pistol event.
Eddy, who has skipped his pre-university studies at Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) since last year to concentrate on shooting, described the Glasgow loss as a good learning experience.
“I lost the medal to a more experience shooter ... someone who is 41 years older than me. Shooting is like wine, you get better with years of experience,” said Eddy, who will be making his Asiad debut.
Eddy said that he would be more than happy if he can qualify for the final in Incheon.
“To do that, I have to shoot much better than the 569 points I did in Glasgow,” said Eddy, who has a personal best of 576 in the 10m air pistol event.
Eddy acknowledged that the competition in the Asian Games would be tougher compared to the Commonwealth Games.
“I will be competing against world-class shooters in Incheon. It will be good to see where I stand against the best in Asia,” said Eddy, who will also feature in the 50m free pistol event at the Games.
Besides Eddy, two other shooters – Johnathan Wong and Choo Wen Yen – will also be competing in the 10m air pistol and 50m free pistols events in Incheon.