Beijing Olympic veteran Eric Ang captured the gold medal in the men’s individual trap to highlight the country’s six-medal romp in the recent 36th Southeast Asia Shooting Association Championships in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.
The 41-year-old Ang shot 134 points to beat Taiwanese ace Hsu Ching Huang by four for the gold medal -– his third in the annual event counting a two-goal haul in the 2007 edition. Malaysian star Bernard Yeoh settled only for the bronze with 128 points
Ang’s golden feat somehow made up for the misfortune that struck London Games-bound Brian Rosario whose shotgun broke down in the skeet competition.
Col. Nil Gamboa, secretary-general of the Philippine National Shooting Association, said Rosario was doing well before the lip spring on his trigger snapped.
Aside from Ang’s gold medal, the country’s shooters also won two silver and three bronze medals –- a performance that elated shooting president Mikee Romero of Harbour Centre.
Winning silver medal were upcoming Miguel Laperal in the junior trap and the troika of Emerito Concepcion, Jason Valdez and Celdon Arellano. Concepcion, the most senior in the team, also bagged the bronze in the men’s air rifle 3-position.
Joelle Panganiban, on the other hand, won two bronze medal -– one in the individual trap and the other in the team trap -– along with Ylvana Dy and Monica Yang.*PNA
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