PETALING JAYA: With two shooters – Bernard Yeoh and Ricky Teh – having secured places in the Athens Olympics, the Tan Sri S.M. Yong Trophy competition at the Subang Shooting Range turned out to be a tame affair yesterday, with many national shooters skipping the meet.
Bernard, who is based in London, received a wild card entry for the trap event in Athens while Ricky is the wild card entry in the skeet event.
With the men's competition fizzling out, it was left to national shooter Bibiana Ng Pei Chin to provide the spark by winning two gold and two silver medals.
Bibiana won the gold medal in the 10m air pistol event with a score of 470.3 points. Armed Forces' Sapiah Pilus (462.3) and Pahang's Siti Nur Masitah (461.5) won the silver and bronze respectively.
In the team event, Sapiah combined with Suzi Saari and Zalehi Ahmad to amass 1,109 points to grab the gold.
Bibiana, together with Norsita Mahmud and Norzaini Ismail, settled for silver with a total of 1,106 points. KL's Nurul Hudda Alinoor Raziff, Nurul Syuhada Ahmad Suhaimi and Norani Mohamed took the bronze with 1,084 points.
In the 25m pistol event, Pahang's Siti Nur Masitah upstaged Bibiana to win the gold with 667.9 points. Bibiana managed 661.0 points to take the silver while Forces' Sapiah took the bronze with 660.6 points.
However, in the team event, Bibiana together with teammates Norsita Mahmud and Rohayati Mohamed accumulated 1,672 points for her second gold. Forces' Sapiah, Zalehi Ahmad and Siti Napsiah Abdul Hamid (1,638) and Selangor's Lenny Marlina Omar, Fatin Hani and Au Yan Qian (1,635) bagged the silver and bronzes respectively.
The men's championships were a letdown. In the 25m rapid fire pistol event, only five shooters registered to take part and only three showed up.
Hasli Izwan Amir Hasan of Perak shot down 662.6 points to win the gold. However, his effort was way off his national record of 681.6 points. The silver and bronze went to Selangor's duo of Au Fu Xiang (610.7) and Omar Sheriff (604.3).
In the men's individual 50m rifle prone event, national shooter Azmi Zakaria, representing Police, and Selangor's Alex Ong Sir Yuang were both tied with 685.7 points
However, Azmi beat Alex in sudden death to bag the gold. Another national shooter Mohd Emran Zakaria of Armed Forces only managed the bronze.