Beijing Olympian Eric Ang won gold to lead the Philippines’ six-medal performance in the 36th Southeast Asia Shooting Association Championships in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.
The 41-year-old Ang shot 134 points to edge out Taiwan’s Hsu Ching Huang by four for the gold medal in the men's individual trap – his third in the annual event counting a two-goal haul in the 2007 edition. Malaysia’s Bernard Yeoh settled for the bronze with 128 points
“Nasa condition lang ako ngayon,” said the pride of Laoag City who missed earning a berth in the London Games due to lack of tournaments.
Other Filipino shooters added two silver and three bronze medals but London Games-bound Brian Rosario's medal bid was ended when his shotgun broke in the skeet competition.
“Good thing it happened now, but I already fixed it,” said Rosario.
Winning silver medals were Miguel Laperal in the junior trap and the team of Emerito Concepcion, Jason Valdez and Celdon Arellano. Concepcion also bagged the bronze in the men’s air rifle 3-position.
Joelle Panganiban won bronze medals in the individual trap and in the team trap along with Ylvana Dy and Monica Yang.
“I’m happy that the PNSA shooting programs are now developing new shooters, honing their skills and producing medals for the country,” said Philippine National Shooting Association president Mikee Romero, who has recently tapped the services of Spanish rifle coach Miguel Tajuelo.
“We are now on the right path."