PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian skeet shooters are without a coach but they defied the odds to win the silver medal in both the men's individual and team events on the last day of the South-East Asian (Seasa) Championships at the Subang Range yesterday.
Richard Cheong finished second in the individual event with a score of 136 behind Singapore's Lee Yee (138). And he teamed up with 2005 Manila SEA Games bronze medallist Ricky Teh and Jeff Gan for a total of 321 to finish just two points behind the Philippines' Rosario Paul Brian, Bernardo Patricio and Tong Gabriel.
The 44-year-old Richard said that although he had two silver medals to show, he was not too pleased with his performance.
“I have a personal best score of 122 over five rounds but I only managed 113 in qualifying. I failed to surpass the Korat SEA Games qualifying mark of 115. And I am disappointed with my efforts,'' said Richard, who was in the silver medal-winning team at the Manila Games.
Ricky, who has qualified for the Games, added that they needed a coach to help them improve.
The National Shooting Association of Malaysia (NSAM) set a target of winning five gold medals in the championships but the team surpassed the target with a haul of 8-6-8 for third place behind Vietnam (12-12-4) and Thailand (8-7-11).
Nine countries took part in the championships with 24 golds at stake.
In the junior category, Malaysia finished second on 5-10-2 behind Thailand (6-5-3).