Charles hopes to finally gun down his first medal


Malaysian Charles Chen Seong Fook in action during the short gun men final at the SEASA Shooting Championship

PETALING JAYA: Old-timer Charles Chen (pic) hopes to finally win his first medal in trap shooting in his fifth Common­wealth Games.

The 52-year-old, an electrical engineer by profession, has fired blanks in his four previous attempts.

“Hopefully, I’ll get it right in my fifth attempt,” said Charles, who will compete in the individual trap from April 13-14.

The National Shooting Associa­tion of Malaysia (NSAM) had appealed to the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) on March 7 to consider Charles after he bettered the sixth-place qualifying mark from the previous Games results (114).

“I was selected based on the 116 I shot in the SEASA Championships held in Kuala Lumpur last year,” said Charles.

“The appeal was successful and I’m more determined not to squander the opportunity.”

Charles, who holds the national records of the preliminary and final rounds, said he would not repeat his past mistakes.

“I won’t be going there early. We left 10 days before the Glasgow Games and the long wait kind of killed the rhythm. I finished in 21st place,” he said.

Charles made his Common­wealth Games debut at KL 1998 and went on to feature in Melbourne (2006), New Delhi (2010) and Glasgow (2014).

Charles said age has not slowed him down.

“Shooting is not physical but it’s a mental game. Age is not a barrier,” said the 2015 Singapore SEA Games silver medallist.

“If you perform well on that day, you have a chance like anyone else. Experience also plays a big part.”

Malaysia will also be represented by five other men – Johnathan Wong (pistol), Hasli Izwan Amir Hasan (pistol), Mohd Ezuan Nasir Khan (rifle), Benjamin Khor (double trap) and Abraham Eng (double trap).

The women shooters comprise Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi (rifle), Alia Sazana Azahari (pistol) and Bibiana Ng (pistol). Bibiana is the last Malaysian gold medallist in New Delhi eight years ago.

 

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