Shooters hoping to hit target in SEAG

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    MEMBERS of the national shooting team, coming off a decent performance in the 14th Asian Shooting Championships in Qatar, are hoping they can hit the target in the 30th Southeast Asian Games set to start on Nov. 30.

    Philippine National Shooting Association officials said they are satisfied with the results of the Doha meet, especially in the men’s shotgun trap team competition.

    Shotgun shooter Carlos Carag, who had the best score of 114 for the Pinoy men’s trap squad, along with Hagen Topacio’s 113 and Eric Ang’s 110, accumulated a total of 337 to finish seventh out of the 14 Asian teams that competed.

    Carag and Topacio met the minimum qualifying standard to qualify among the candidates for a place in next year’s Tokyo Olympiad.

    Jethro Dionisio, who was also seeking to meet the minimum quota score, was one shot short as he fired 111.

    Trap coach Fernando Mercado said the team’s score is good for the gold medals in both the individual and team competition in the SEA Games.

    The eight other Filipino shooters who competed in the Asian Championships made up the rifle team, led by Olympic solidarity scholars Jayson Valdez and Amparo Acuña, along with Denise Basila and Sean Jayfred Ocampo; and the pistol team of Shanin Lyn Gonzales, Juliette Rose Arellano, Marcelo Gonzales and Angelo Michael Fernandez.