SUBANG: National shooter Charles Chen Seong Fook is all fired up to end his gold medal drought in the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games next month.
The 51-year-old veteran from Selangor is in high spirits after shooting down the national record in the men’s individual trap event with a total of 45 shots in the final at the National Shooting championships at the National Shooting Range in Subang yesterday.
His effort was one shot better than the previous national mark of 44 shots set by Bernard Yeoh in the South-East Asia (SEASA) Championships at the same venue in April.
The Selangor shooters made a clean sweep with Thomas Jiu (36) and Ong Chee Kheng (29) winning the silver and bronze medals.
Charles, who has represented Malaysia for 30 years, said that breaking the national record has boosted his confidence to win his first gold medal in the SEA Games.
“I have featured in the SEA Games since 1987 in Jakarta and the only medal missing from my collection is the gold,” said Charles.
He has bagged four silvers and four bronzes in the last nine SEA Games.
At the 2001 Games in KL, he won an individual bronze and in Singapore 2015, an individual silver.
“I will be making my 10th appearance in the SEA Games. It will be great if I can win the gold at home. I’m keeping my fingers crossed to win one of the four gold medals targeted for shooting,” said Charles.
The other national record was set by Eddy Chew in the men’s 10m air pistol event with a score of 242.2 in the final. He erased the old mark of 237.4 set by Choo Wen Yan of Johor in the Tun Hanif Trophy in March.
Jonathan Wong Guanjie of Perak (240.9) won silver while Wen Yan (215.9) bagged the bronze.
Eddy, who is from Johor, was delighted with his effort and is now aiming for the gold in the coming SEA Games.