REDEMPTION came 14 years later for men’s trap shooters Bernard Yeoh, Charles Chen and Ong Chee Kheng when they fired their way to a surprise silver in Subic with 330 points.
It was in Manila in 2005 that the same line-up won the silver only to be disqualified for not using the ammunition approved by the organisers.
Fast forward to the present and Bernard, Charles and Chee Kheng showed they can still contribute despite receiving little support from the National Sports Council.
London-based restaurant owner Bernard, who flew back at his own expenses for the SEA Games, even shot a new Games record of 118 en route to finishing on top in the preliminary round. The 50-year-old improved on the previous record of 117.
However, Bernard was eliminated in the final round.
Chee Kheng, who also made the final cut in fifth place, managed to shoot his way to the individual bronze medal after beating Filipino Eric Ang 34-29.
Thai shooter Sresthaporn Savate got the gold after beating Tokyo Olympic-bound Carlos Carag of Philippines 44-41.
Bernard was a silver medallist in the individual trap in Kuala Lumpur two years ago but he was not disappointed at all.
“Shooting down the SEA Games record that has lasted since 1997 is the highlight of my SEA Games outing here. I did what no one has done before. Unfortunately, something went wrong in the final and I don’t know what happened.
“But it’s still a good outing for the three of us. We won the team silver. This is the same team that got disqualified from the Manila SEA Games the last time. We waited 14 years to redeem ourselves and I guess it’s something for us to celebrate, ” said Bernard, who competed under Category A while his teammates went under category B.
“Our flight tickets from Malaysia to Philippines are paid for but we used our own expenses for training leading up to the Games.”
Gold: Sresthaporn Savate (Tha) bt Carlos Carag (Phi) 44-41. Bronze: Ong Chee Kheng (Mas) bt Eric Ang (Phi) 34-29.
Team: 1. Philippines (Eric Ang, Carlos Carag, Alexander Topacio) 338,2. Malaysia (Bernard Yeoh, Ong Chee Kheng, Charles Chen) 330,3. Thailand (Sresthaporn Savate, Phachonyut Yoochai, Tadthongkam Kornthawat) 321.