SEA Games: Martina Veloso makes dramatic comeback in 10m air rifle, wins Singapore's first shooting gold

The 17-year-old overtook compatriot Jasmine Ser with her final shot, scoring 21.5 in the final round.

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National shooter Martina Veloso won the women's 10m air rifle gold at the SEA Games on Friday (Aug 25). Thereby ensuring Singapore's first shooting gold at the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.

She scored a total of 247.7 to fend off the challenge of compatriot Jasmine Ser, taking gold with her last shot. Ser had to settle for silver on 247.3, as reported by Channel NewsAsia.

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The 17-year-old won the final with a score of 247.7, which is also a new Games record, as she finished top amongst eight competitors in the final, according to the Strait Times.

Compatriot Jasmine Ser was second after a total of 247.3 while Thailand's Nawinda Kasemkiatthai was third (221.7).

It had looked the gold was Ser's- who led 227.1 to Veloso's 226.2 - going into the final two shots until the latter fought back in dramatic fashion.

The 26-year-old Ser, who won this event in 2007 and finished second in 2011 and 2015, shot 10.5 and 9.7 for a final round score of 20.2.

Veloso, who had teamed up with Ser and Tessa Neo to win the 10m air rifle team gold at the 2015 Singapore Games, overtook Ser with her final shot. She hit 10.7 and then 10.8 for 21.5 points for the come-from-behind victory.

Veloso, who in 2014 became the first female Singaporean to win a Shooting World Cup leg in Munich, said: "I'm really, really happy and glad that my hard work over the past two years has paid off.

"I'd like to thank my coach, my family and friends and all my supporters back home."

Earlier on Friday, Ser had scored 417.7 to set a new qualification SEA Games record on her way to the final.

For Ser, she was gracious in defeat despite the disappointment of another near-miss.

The three-time Commonwealth Games champion said: "It's a gold for Singapore which is all that matters. Martina did a fantastic job today and I couldn't be happier for her."

Both she and Veloso will next compete in the 50m rifle three-positions on Saturday at the National Shooting Range Centre in Subang.

Singapore have won one gold, two silvers and a bronze in shooting at the KL Games.