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    PH shooter sets lofty target after debacle

    Aug 5, 2012

    SKEET shooter Brian Rosario may have failed in his medal bid in the ongoing London Olympics, but the perfect 25 he scored in the third round of the five-round competition is a sign that Filipino shooters have what it takes to become world-class athletes given enough support and ammunition.

    “It’s already a great achievement on the part of Brian to score a perfect 25, and that also showed our athletes can be at par with the best,” said shooting president Mikee Romero upon his arrival from London where he supported the campaign of Rosario.

     “It’s not easy to score a 25 in the world's greatest sporting spectacle because there are so many factors to be considered.”

    Rosario’s London trip, according to Romero, also turned out to be a blissful one as he got a slice of history by becoming first Filipino shooter to score a perfect mark in Olympic history.

    And scoring that perfect 25 after an awful 19 in stage 2 only, showed that Rosario has the resolve and resilience to bounce back from any adversity.

    “He showed that he has a big fighting heart, coming from that round (19) to score a perfect 25 is something you have to be proud of,” added Romero. “I’m really happy that our program in the PNSA is working steadily. But we’re not going to stop from there, we’ll do everything to improve the standards of shooting in the country.”

    Romero is hoping Rosario’s perfect 25 will be the spark the association needs to inspire other shooters.

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    “But we can’t do it alone. I hope we can have the support of other sectors especially the government. To be a world-class shooter, one has to compete regularly in tough tournaments abroad,” said Romero, who added that Rosario spent his own money for his campaign abroad early this year.

    Rosario ended up in a tie for 30th place in a field of 36, but for him it was a golden moment.

    “I learned so many things from the London Games and I just hope I can do better in future international tournaments,” said the amiable businessman from Malabon.

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