‘Entrapped’ by the rain – shooters misfire on wet ground

THE shooting team endured a dry spell on a wet afternoon on the last day of competition.

In the trap final, Ong Chee Kheng (pic) finished fifth with 19 points. Charles Chen (100) and Bernard Yeoh (99) finished eighth and 11th respectively in the qualification stages.

Vietnam’s Nguyen Hoang Diep took the gold with 39 points while the Philippines’ Alexander Hagen won silver with 36 points. Another Filipino, Carlos Conge, claimed bronze with 30 points.

Charles said that the wet conditions had an impact on their performance.

“Yes, it’s always a challenge to shoot in the rain. We normally do not train in those kinds of weather at home. Visibility is poor and it makes our game a bit more difficult since we are aiming at a moving target,” he said.

“As for my performance, it was like a yo-yo. I experienced the highs and lows of my long shooting career in Hanoi. Shot the worst round, 16 yesterday and my best, 23 on the last one. A bit late, isn’t it?”

He admitted that he had considered retirement after his poor outing on the first day but has now shelved the plan and will compete in the Cambodia SEA Games next year.

“If you asked me yesterday, I was thinking of retiring after my poor results. But after today’s performance, I’m looking forward to Cambodia. Yes, I still have some fire left in me,” added the 56-year-old shooter.

Meanwhile, Malaysia also fired blanks in the 25m standard pistol.

Hasli Izwan Amir Hassan finished in fifth with 560 points while Hadiz Adzha (553) and Mohd Riduan Mohamed (526) came in seventh and 15th respectively.

Indonesia’s Anang Yulianto won gold with a score of 571. Singapore’s Lim Hon Swee took silver with 562 points while the hosts’ Phuyen Van Xuan claimed bronze.

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