SEA Games: Gold for Singapore shooters as men's 50m pistol trio come out tops

Host Singapore's 50m pistol team of Gai Bin, Nigel Lim and Poh Lip Meng struck their first gold at this SEA Games, combining to register 1,632 points, ahead of Vietnam (1,626) and Malaysia (1,615). -- PHOTO: ST SPORTS DESK/TWITTER
Host Singapore's 50m pistol team of Gai Bin, Nigel Lim and Poh Lip Meng struck their first gold at this SEA Games, combining to register 1,632 points, ahead of Vietnam (1,626) and Malaysia (1,615). -- PHOTO: ST SPORTS DESK/TWITTER

SINGAPORE - Singapore's shooters clinched their first gold at the National Shooting Centre on Thursday morning, after four days of near-misses.

The men's 50m pistol team of Gai Bin, Lim Swee Hon and Poh Lip Meng combined for a total of 1,632 points to take the team gold medal, finishing ahead of Vietnam (1,626) and Myanmar (1,615).

Although the trio were unable to add another gold despite all qualifying for the individual final, the team of veterans were delighted with their gold.

"The team (events) are usually very competitive, especially for the last few SEA Games," said Poh. "Today, we did better, and Vietnam were slightly behind us, so it was good."

The women's 25m pistol team, however, finished an agonising single point behind gold medal winners Thailand, scoring 1,736 points to the Thai team's 1,737 to settle for silver.

Teh Xiu Hong qualified in first place for the afternoon's gold medal shootout but lost 7-1 to Malaysia's Alia Sazana Azahari to clinch another silver. Team-mates Teo Shun Xie, who won an individual 10m pistol gold on Sunday, and defending champion Nicole Tan, finished sixth and fifth respectively.

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