After days of firing blanks, Singapore's shooters finally got off the mark at the Asian Games yesterday at the Ongnyeon International Shooting Range.
The men's trio of Gai Bin, Nigel Lim and Poh Lip Meng clinched the Republic's first shooting medal at the Incheon Asiad when they finished third in the 25 metre standard pistol team event with a score of 1,692.
China won the team event on 1,710, ahead of silver medallists South Korea (1,707).
It is Singapore's first medal in the pistol event at the Asiad.
Gai was Singapore's top performer, shooting 567 to finish eighth in the individual rankings.
The 46-year-old cut a relieved figure as he met reporters, with beads of sweat dripping from his forehead, and his voice still trembling slightly.
"I'm really happy that we finally got a medal. At least now, we have something to show for our efforts," he said.
Poh, 45, said: "We knew we had a shot at the medal so we tried to stay focused and forced ourselves to recover quickly after a bad shot."
The 25m standard pistol event has three stages.
In stage one, shooters have to fire four rounds of five shots, with 150 seconds for each round.
The timing is slashed to 20 seconds for the second stage, before it goes down to 10 seconds for the third - and most crucial - stage.