Asean Para Games: Thai Phirapong wins shooting gold, S'pore's Ritchie Chan second

(Left to right) Ritchie Chan, Phirapong Buengbok and Mala Sihabandit on Dec 4, 2015.
(Left to right) Ritchie Chan, Phirapong Buengbok and Mala Sihabandit on Dec 4, 2015. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

SINGAPORE - Thailand's Phirapong Buengbok clinched the first shooting gold at the Asian Para Games (APG) in the R1 10m Air Rifle Standing men's event at Yishun Safra on Friday.

Phirapong scored 197.1 points, ahead of Singapore's Ritchie Chan (194.6), while compatriot Mala Sihabandit finished third with 174.7 points.

The experienced Thai was the hot favourite after setting a new Games record of 603.6 points over six qualification rounds earlier in the day.

In the final however, he was given a scare by 16-year-old Chan who was leading the field till his 18th shot.

However, Phirapong's final two shots of 10.2 and 10.0 were enough to see him take gold while Chan faltered, shooting 8.2 and 8.3.

Despite not winning gold, Chan still becomes Singapore's youngest-ever shooting medallist at the APG.

Thailand won its second shooting gold on Friday, after Bordin Sornsirwichai won the P1 10m Air Pistol Men SH1 event with a total of 192.0 points. Bordin, who finished fourth at the 2012 Paralympics, led the event from start to finish.

Singapore's Loganraj Raju finished second with a score of 187.5, while Indonesia's Zulkifli totalled 158.9 to finish third.