PETALING JAYA: Twenty-year-old Leong Jia Chyuan of Selangor upstaged more renowned shooters to win the gold medal in the men's individual standard pistol event on the third day of the Ally T.H. Ong Championships at the Subang Shooting range yesterday.
Jia Chyuan and national shooter Baharuddin Hashim of Kelantan were tied on 544 points but Jia Chyuan won on countback.
Perak's Hasli Izwan Amir Hassan, the 2001 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games gold medallist, bagged the bronze after a sudden-death shootout. Hasli and Darham Ali of Police were tied on 540 points but Hasli won 130-120 in the shootout.
In the team event, Jia Chyuan, Omar Sheriff and Emil Au Fu Xiang of Selangor shot a 1,516 to secure the bronze medal. Police's trio of Darham, Abdul Rahim Rajuli and Mohamed Hashim Desa chalked up 1,587 to take the gold while the silver went to Johor's trio of Peter Chung Yoke Onn, Zulhakim Aman and Mohamed Syawal Othman (1,541).
Baharuddin, meanwhile, won the gold in the individual air pistol event with a score of 661.1. Hasli Izwan took the silver (656.4) while the bronze went to Zulkifli Hassan (652.2).
Jia Chyuan, who finished fourth in the individual event, however, bagged the gold in the team event, together with Mark Seng Sei Hui and Ang Chee Choon. They accumulated 1,672 points to take the gold.
Armed Forces' Zulkifli Hassan, Mohd Rahimi Yassin and Alais Neek Sulong bagged the silver (1,658) and the bronze went to Johor's Lu Yeu Sing, Mohd Radi Abdul Wahab and Mohd Syawal Othman (1,639).
Jia Chyuan, who is studying at Sunway College, said he was surprised to win a gold in the standard pistol event, which was not his favourite event.
“My favourite event is the air pistol but I could only manage a fourth placing. However, overall I am happy as I bagged two golds and a bronze in the championships.
“I hope I will be considered for the Vietnam SEA Games training squad although I have not beaten the qualifying mark yet in the pistol events,'' he said.
Meanwhile, Ahmad Yaakub of Armed Forces finished ahead of national trainee Ahmad Anai of Sarawak to win the gold in the men's individual small bore rifle three event by registering 1,225.2 points.
Anai, who is training in Bukit Jalil, amassed 1,211.6 to take the silver while Selangor's Wang Wen Chuen bagged the bronze with a score of 1,209.9.
Air pistol (Individual): 1. Baharuddin Hashim (Kel) 661.1, 2. Hasli Izwan Amir Hassan (Prk) 656.4, 3. Zulkifli Hassan (Forces) 652.2.
Team: 1. Selangor 1,672, 2. Armed Forces 1,658, 3. Johor 1,639.
Standard pistol (Individual): 1. Leong Jia Chyuan (Sel) 544, Baharuddin Hashim (Kel) 544, 3. Hasli Izwan Amir Hassan (Prk) 540.
Team: 1. Police 1,587, 2. Johor 1,541, 3. Selangor 1,516.
Small bore rifle three position (Individual): 1. Ahmad Yaakub (Swak) 1,225.2, 2. Ahmad Anai (Swak) 1,211.6, 3. Wang Wen Chuen (Sel) 1,209.9.
Trap (Individual): 1. Charles Chan (Sel) 128, 2. Gary Goh Kheng Yoong (Sel) 125, 3. Peter Wong (Sel) 122.
Team: 1. Selangor 295, 2. Penang 245, 3. Selangor 244.