PETALING JAYA: Sydney 2000 Olympian Bernard Yeoh paid for his own trip back home for the chance to shoot in the South-East Asia Shooting Association (SEASA) championships.
It was money well spent as Bernard, who resides in London, played his part in helping Malaysia bag the men’s trap team gold medal at Subang Shooting Range yesterday.
Bernard combined with Ng Beng Chong and Ong Chee Kheng to finish with a total of 324 to edge Singapore by two targets.
Singapore took silver with 322, just two ahead of Taiwan.
Bernard, however, missed out on a successful defence of the men’s individual title when he settled for bronze with a score of 128, two behind Taiwan’s Hsu Ching-huang.
Filipino Eric Ang claimed the gold medal with 134 targets.
The trap discipline was last held when Malaysia hosted the SEASA meet in 2007 and Bernard, who operates a restaurant in London, was not disappointed with his performance.
“It’s been some time since I last shot at the Olympic test event in London in April and I didn’t do too badly.
“I had to shoot very well in the last round to squeeze into the top six final.
“I managed 24 out of 25 targets and it was enough to get me into the final.
“I missed some targets in the final but I’m happy we managed to win the team event,” said Bernard.
The trap discipline was the only event contested on the final day of the SEASA meet and Malaysia emerged overall champions with a 33-7-12 tally.
Hadafi Jaafar was the toast of the squad, winning three gold medals in the men’s rifle discipline.
The 26-year-old won the individual 10m air rifle and bettered two national records en route to sweeping the individual and team titles for the 50m rifle three position.
However, Malaysian shooters should not be jumping for joy with their achievement as Thailand and Singapore did not field their best rifle shooters.
But to be fair, Malaysia’s pistol shooters like Hafiz Adzha and Bibiana Ng did well to beat their Vietnamese counterparts who triumped at the Indonesia SEA Games last November.