Shooting: Poh Lip Meng wins first gold for S'pore at South-east Asia Championship

National shooter Poh Lip Meng captured Singapore's first gold medal at the South-east Asia Shooting Championship (Seasa) when he emerged victorious in the men's 50m pistol event at Singapore's National Shooting Centre on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: LIANHAE ZA
National shooter Poh Lip Meng captured Singapore's first gold medal at the South-east Asia Shooting Championship (Seasa) when he emerged victorious in the men's 50m pistol event at Singapore's National Shooting Centre on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: LIANHAE ZAOBAO

National shooter Poh Lip Meng captured Singapore's first gold medal at the South-east Asia Shooting Championship (Seasa) when he emerged victorious in the men's 50m pistol event at Singapore's National Shooting Centre on Tuesday.

The 45-year-old, who won a bronze in the 25m standard pistol team event at the Asian Games in Incheon, finished with a total of 191.3 points in the eight-men elimination finals, beating compatriot Gai Bin who scored 189.4 points. Vietnam's Nguyen Hoang Phuong was third in the standings with 172.8 points, having been eliminated in the previous round.

In the women's 10m air rifle event, Jasmine Ser finished second with a score of 203.5, just 0.5 points behind winner Liu Yu-Chun of Chinese Taipei. In third spot was Liao Chao-Mei, also from Chinese Taipei, who finished with 181.5 points after being eliminated from the final shoot-out round.

Singapore's Adele Tan claimed the women's junior 10m air rifle event with a winning score of 412.3 over compatriot Ho Xiu Yi (411.3) with Malaysian Nor Fadhilah Ahmad Kamal taking third with a score of 410.1.

The 38th edition of the Seasa is being held in Singapore for the first time in more than a decade.

It is also being staged concurrently with the Singapore Invitational Shooting Championship (SIS), with both events conducted at both Safra Yishun and the National Shooting Centre in Choa Chu Kang and will serve as warm-up events for next June's SEA Games hosted by the Republic.

More than 450 shooters from 19 overseas and local national shooting associations and clubs are competing in the both the Seasa and SIS, which started on Monday and ends on Dec 17.

In the SIS events, Singapore bagged three golds on Monday. Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) student Gregg Chan won the men's 10m air rifle final while Wong Ting Wei won the junior men's 10m air rifle event before linking up with Keith Chan and Sean Tay to clinch the team gold ahead of Taiwan and Vietnam.