Philippine trap shooter trio of Eric Ang, Hagen Topacio and Jethro Dionisio won the gold medal in the team competition at the recently concluded South East Asian Shooting Association (SEASA) Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The trio tallied 328 targets on their way to win the gold medal, with Olympian Eric Ang firring 110 targets, UP’s sharpshooter Topacio hitting 115 targets, and former world champion, Jethro Dioniso, contributing 103 targets.
Philippines beat Taiwan for the gold by 17 targets, and the Malaysians tallied 305 targets for the bronze.
The 42-year old Ang also won a silver medal in the men’s individual event.
Ang was out-powered by Vietnamese Le Nghia at the their shoot-off, 7-6, for the gold medal.
Nghia, who has been trained in China, had to beat Philippines’ Hagen Topacio for a berth in the finals, since they both finished with similar 11 targets in the preliminary round. Topacio settled for a bronze in the individual competition.
The women’s team of Ylvanna Dy, Joelle Panganiban, and Kathlyn Granados also bagged the silver in the women’s team competition, while Dy finished third in the women’s individual event, winning the bronze medal.
Amid their successful performance at the SEASA Championships, the Philippine trap team won’t be competing at this year’s SEA Games since their event had been scrapped from the biennial tournament.
The Nationals are hoping though that with their accomplishments in this tournament will draw the attention of the POC and PSC officials to support their campaign next year at the World Cup in United States and Germany, as part for the preparation for next year’s Asian Games in Korea.