KUALA LUMPUR: Once bitten, twice shy.
Trap shooter Bernard Yeoh hopes Malaysia will not repeat the same mistake at the Philippines SEA Games from Nov 30-Dec 11 after he went through a bitter experience at the same venue 14 years ago.
The London-based shooter was disqualified in the final of the men’s individual trap event in Manila in 2005 as the ammunition he used was deemed illegal.
Then, the ammunition provided by the National Shooting Association of Malaysia (NSAM) had a different weight.
Each bullet weighed 24.7 grammes, which was 0.02 gram more than what was approved by the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) for competitions.
The 50-year-old Bernard, who featured in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, said he was unaware that it should have weighed 24.5.
“I entered the trap final as the sixth qualifier and I was the only Malaysian in the field, ” he recalled of his outing at the 2005 Manila Games.
“But just before the final, the shooting officials disqualified me after checking the weight of my ammunition.
“It was one of my worst experiences. I didn’t know then that the ammunition I used did not follow the ISSF standard.
“I will be competing in the Philippines SEA Games again and I hope such an incident will not be repeated, ” added Bernard, making his fifth SEA Games appearances.
Bernard, who is coached by Italian Claudio Capaldo in London, won medals in three other SEA Games editions – 2003 Vietnam (team bronze), 2015 Singapore (team silver) and 2017 Kuala Lumpur (individual silver).
He will feature in the Asian Shooting Championships in Doha, Qatar, from Nov 3-11, to win a ticket for next year’s Tokyo Olympics.