PHL shooting team wins second gold in Malaysia

MANILA — Philippine marksman Jayson Valdez ruled the men’s 50-meter rifle three-position event on Tuesday to give the Philippines its second gold in the ongoing 41st Southeast Asian Shooting Association (SEASA) Championships at the Subang National Shooting Range in Subang, Malaysia.

The 21-year-old Valdez scored 448.1 points to win his first gold medal in the tournament. Vietnam got the silver and bronze medals courtesy of Nguyen Van Quan (445.3 points) and Phung Le Huyen (432.4 points).

Jayson, son of many-time SEA Games champion and now national coach Julius Valdez, has already won two bronze medals coming from the 50-meter prone event and the 50-meter Air Rifle event.

In the 50-meter Air Rifle event, he finished second among 15 entries in the qualification round where he scored 593 points, one point better than the 24-year-old record of Bartolome Teyab established during the 1993 SEA Games in Singapore.

The Philippines’ first gold medal was delivered by Olympic Solidarity scholar Amparo Acuna in the women’s 50-meter Rifle Prone event last Monday.

The 19-year-old Acuna scored 591.10 points to beat Myanmar’s Thu Thu Kyaw (590.29 points) and Malaysia’s Mohd Nur Suryani (589.33 points).

Acuna had earlier won the bronze in the 10-meter Air Rifle while Olympian Brian Rosario added another bronze in the men’s skeet.