SINGAPORE, June 6 (Bernama) -- Seventeen-year-old Tessa Neo of Singapore sprang a surprise by lifting the gold medal in the women's 10m Air Rifle at the Singapore 28th SEA Games, Safra Yishun Shooting Range here Saturday.
Tessa, who was competing for the first time in the SEA Games, scored 207.0 points to clinch the victory while her teammate Jasmine Ser won the silver medal.
Another Singaporean Martina Lindsay Veloso ranked third with 184.0 points but the rules dictate that no nation can win more than two medals in each individual event.
The bronze went to Malaysia's Nur Ayuni Farhana Abdul Halim who scored 160.7 points in fourth place.
"I still can't believe I won the gold medal for my country (Singapore). My team mates were the strong contenders especially my cousin Jasmine.
"Congratulations to them. I'm very, very excited because it's my first Games, and my first Games gold," said Tessa. While Nur Ayuni said she had a lot of mistakes in the final but overall, she was satisfied with a silver medal in the team event this morning.
Earlier, Malaysia's trio Nur Ayuni, Nur Suryani Mohammed Taibi and Muslifah Zulkifli won the silver medal in the team event.
Meanwhile in 10m Air Rifle men's final, Malaysia's shooters Muhammad Zubair Mohammad and Mohd Ezuan Nasir Khan finished fourth and seventh places respectively.
Muhammad Zubair scored 160.2 points and Mohd Ezuan only managed to shoot 98.1 points.
Thailand's Ponsatong Panyatong and Napis Tortungpanich won the gold and silver medals respectively with scores of 207.9 point and 206.8 point while the bronze medalist Jayson Valdez of Philippines scored 181.0 points.