MOHD Hameleay Abdul Mutalib produced his best but it was only good enough for bronze to help Malaysia win the bronze medal in the 50m rifle three-position event at the Hanoi Shooting Range yesterday.
The 22-year-old Hameleay, Mohd Emran Zakaria and Ahmad Anai managed a score of 3,350 points.
Thailand, led by world record holder Tavarit Majchacheep, won the gold medal with a score of 3,429 and Vietnam chalked up a 3,423 for the silver.
Hameleay was Malaysias best performer in the individual event, finishing fifth with a score of 1,229.6.
Malaysias other qualifier, Emran, was placed eighth with a score of 1,220.4.
Hameleay conceded that it had been tough to emulate the good run of his father, Abdul Mutalib, in the Games series.
My dad had always been a good medal contributor for the country in the SEA Games. I did well at the last Games but it certainly has been quite disappointing here, said Hameleay, who won two silver medals in 2001.
I am a second-year student doing Science Human Resource at the University of Malaya. I have had trouble balancing my time between training and studies. My shooting has been slightly neglected.
Hameleay will be heading home immediately to sit for his semester examinations.
But overall, I am happy with my scores today. I was getting better and better adjusting to my new rifle and I managed my highest score in the event today.
The next big assignment for Hameleay is the Asian Championships, which will be held at the Subang shooting range in February and he hopes to be better prepared for the challenges.
The mens team have yet to strike gold and Hasli Izwan Amir Hassan, who surrendered his 25m rapid fire pistol title last week, is the last hope for Malaysia.
He will compete in the 10m air pistol competition today.
The other events today are the womens 10m air rifle individual and team competition.
The team, led by Nurul Hudda Baharin, will be out to add another gold medal to their collection.
Nurul won the 50m free rifle three-position individual gold on Tuesday and Malaysia also emerged as champions in the team event.