SEA Games: Finish at Asian tilt bodes well for Filipino shooting team

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Posted at Nov 13 2019 05:59 AM

Based on their performance at the Asian championship, Hagen Topacio (pictured) and his Philippines national teammates have a shot at winning gold in the SEA Games. Hagen Topacio's Facebook

The Philippines national team hopes to replicate its performance in the Asian Shooting Championships when it competes in the Southeast Asian Games next month.

Officials of the Philippine National Shooting Association (PNSA), the sport's national governing body, applauded the local shooters' results in Doha, especially the men's shotgun trap team.

Trap coach Fernando Mercado said that his men's trap squad's scores are equivalent to gold medals in both the individual and team competition in the SEA Games.

Shotgun shooter Carlos Carag, who had the best score of 114 for the Filipinos, along with Hagen Topacio's 113 and Eric Ang's 110, totaled 337 to finish seventh out of the 14 Asian teams.

Carag and Topacio met the minimum qualifying standard to qualify among the candidates for universality place in next year's Tokyo Olympics.

Ang and Topacio already met the MQS in the Southeast Asian shooting championships early this year in Jakarta.

The 8 other Pinoy shooters who competed in the Asian Championships were 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. 

The team was headed by PNSA vice-president Irene Garcia along with rifle coach Julius Valdez, shotgun coach Mercado, pistol coach Susan Aguado, and armorer Mario Dasalla.

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