Skeet shooter Ricky ready to rumble


Ricky Teh in a file photo. Ricky is looking forward to making his return to the Commonwealth Games next year in Glasgow.

SUBANG JAYA: Olympian Ricky Teh may have missed out on a medal in the skeet event at the 37th South-East Asian Shooting (Seasa) Championships at the Subang Shooting Range on Tuesday, but he’s still smiling.

“For an event like skeet, it’s the mileage that counts. It’s just like driving, the more mileage you get, the better you drive and that’s what I’ve been trying to do,” said Ricky. Being 50 years old, he should know.

Ricky qualified for the six-man semi-finals but missed out on a medal after finishing in fifth place with a score of 12. Last year’s silver medallist Jiranun Hathaichukiat of Thailand took the gold ahead of the Philippines’ Paul Brian Rosario (silver). Malaysia’s Joseph Lee took the bronze.

“I’m feeling great. I feel like the fire is back in me. It’s the first time I’ve felt this way since coming back,” said Ricky who made his comeback into competitive shooting in June last year after suffering a disastrous fractured disc and three slipped discs in 2011. It took him nearly a year to recover.

But he says, the fire in his belly is back and he’s ready to rumble.

Ricky also finished fifth at the 6th Thailand Open Shooting Championships in Bangkok last month, his first international meet since returning.

He won gold at the Chia Woh Trophy Championships in September, silver at the Tun Tan Siew Sin Trophy in July and finished fourth at the NSAM President Ally T.H. Ong Trophy and Tun Hanif Trophy in March and June respectively.

For the third time, skeet shooting is absent from the SEA Games. The event was also shelved in Vietnam in 2009, and Indonesia in 2011.

Disappointed at not being able to compete at this year’s SEA Games, Ricky who earned a bronze in the 2005 edition in Manila is confident that Malaysia will be a force to be reckoned with when skeet is back in the programme at the 2015 Games in Singapore.

But for now, Ricky, a three-time Commonwealth Games veteran is eagerly looking forward to making his return to the Games next year in Glasgow.

He managed his best ever finish when he placed seventh in the individual event at the 2006 Games in Melbourne. He also finished ninth together with Richard Cheong Yew Kwan in the pairs event at the same edition.

“We’ve got Joseph who’s coming up the ranks. He’s still young and he’s being coached by my former partner Richard. So, I know I’ve got a good shooter to partner with in the pair events and I believe we’ll be able to forge a good partnership,” said Ricky.

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