Friday, December 13, 2013

Eddy Ends 30-year Draught For Men's 50m Pistol Gold

YANGON, Dec 13 (Bernama) -- Eddy Chew not only shot his way to bring home Malaysia's first shooting gold medal at the Myanmar SEA Games, but also ended a 30-year draught in winning the 50m pistol men's individual event Friday.

In the shooting competition at the North Dagon Shooting Range here, Eddy shot 186.4 points overall edging Myanmar's Naung Ye Tun to the silver by just 0.7 points.

The bronze was also won by Malaysia's Jonathan Wong who shot 166.0 points.

The last time Malaysia won the gold in this event was at the 1993 SEA Games in Singapore. Datuk Sabiamad Abdul Ahad, the team manager of the shooting contingent here, did the honours then.

Eddy said he was very happy to the deliver the gold in his debut in the SEA Games.

"I did not even expect to make it to the final what more win the gold medal, I am elated. Luck was on my side today.

"The victory has also fired me up to go for more glory in future," he told reporters.

Sabiamad said Eddy's feat was a pleasant surprise for the contingent and country.

"We did not have high hopes on this event, Eddy and the other (Malaysian) shooters did well today, I am proud of them," he said.

Eddy, Jonathan and Abdul Hadi Abdul Malek, meanwhile, took the bronze in the team event of the same after collecting 1,618 points overall.

Vietnam's trio of Hoang Xuan Vinh/Nguyen Hoang Phuong/Tran Quoc Cuong took the gold with 1,649 points while the silver was won by the combination of Gai Bin/Poh Lip Meng/Lim Swee Hon of Singapore who shot 1,637 points.

From Nursyabiha Sukri-- BERNAMA

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