Skeet team fail to bring final cheer at shooting range


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  • Tuesday, 04 Dec 2007

THERE was no happy ending to Malaysia's campaign in the shooting competition after the men's skeet shooters failed in their comeback bid at the Sports Authority of Thailand Clay Target Range in Bangkok yesterday. 

The team of Ricky Teh, Richard Cheong and Jeff Gan struggled in the second round and finished fourth with a total of 314 – 14 birds behind bronze medallists Singapore. 

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Thailand took the gold on 342 and the Philippines, led by Manila SEA Games gold medallist Paul Brian Rosario, grabbed the silver on 334. 

The hope was on seasoned campaigners Ricky and Richard to produce high scores to lift the team into medal contention. 

But it ended with Malaysia not winning a medal from the skeet competition for the first time in 14 years since Singapore in 1993. 

Ricky, who shot 21 and 20 in the remaining rounds yesterday, was placed ninth with a score of 107 and failed to made the top six final in the individual competition. 

Richard and SEA Games debutant Jeff finished 11th (105) and 13th (102) respectively. 

A disappointed Ricky, who was the individual gold medallist in the 2003 Games in Hanoi, said: “I just had nothing good to say about my performance.  

(From left) National shooters Jeff Gan, Richard Cheong and Ricky Teh finishedfourth in the skeet team event.

“I tried my best to boost my scores but that did not work out. 

“Normally, I can bounce but not today. This is the first time I have not qualified for a SEA Games final since I started shooting for the country in Chiang Mai in 1995.  

“In fact, this is the first time I have not won a medal.” 

The next assignment for the 44-year-old is the Asian Championships, which begin in Kuwait later this week. It will be the main qualifying event for the Olympics and the skeet competition will be held on Dec 11-12. 

With the conclusion of the SEA Games shooting competition, Malaysia ended up with a haul of 2-3-5 but it brought little cheer, considering that there were 34 gold medals on offer. 

It was the worst performance from the shooters since 1993 when Malaysia won 2-0-5. 

The two gold medals this time came from the team competition.  

At the last Games in Manila, there was no team event but Malaysia still managed to bag three gold medals through Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi (women's 50m rifle prone), Bibiana Ng (women's 25m pistol) and Hasli Izwan Amir Hasan (men's 25m rapid fire pistol). 

Nur Suryani was a gold medallist again in the women's 50m rifle prone team event with Haslisa Hamed and Nur Ain Ibrahim on the first day of competition last Tuesday. 

The other gold came from the men's 50m rapid fire pistol team of Hasli, Hafiz Adzha and Mohd Ridhuan Mohamed. 

The National Shooting Association of Malaysia (Nsam) secretary, Jasni Shaari, said: “Our performance was below expectations. We failed to meet the four-gold target. 

“We lost good chances to fight for the gold when Bibiana Ng and Josceline Cheah were suspended for doping offences before coming here but we were hoping that Nur Suryani, Hasli and the men's skeet team could made it up. 

“But Nur Suryani and Hasli could only manage silver medals in the individual events while the skeet team were totally out of the picture.” 

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