MANILA, Philippines – Former world speed shooting champ Jethro “The Jet” Dionisio returns to practical shooting when he joins 15 other Filipino shooters in the 2011 World Shoot Championships in October.
Dionisio said he is excited to get back to practical shooting after concentrating for some time in trap shooting.
“Yeah, I’m happy to be back to my first love, practical shooting and try to, once again, carry the country’s colors in international competitions,” Dionisio said in Philboxing.com.
Dionosio was forced to leave practical shooting so he could represent the Philippines in the 2004 Olympics as a trap shooter.
Unlike practical shooting, which uses obstacle-laden shooting courses, trap shooting requires the use of a shotgun in an open field.
“Tinanggal kasi yung shotgun events in this year’s SEA (Southeast Asian) Games, so naisipan kong mag-concentrate muli sa pistol. Luckily, I made it to the Philippine team to the World Shoot,” said Dionisio.
The World Shoot will run from October 2 to 9.
Dionosio, nicknamed the “The Jet” because of his quickness in practical shooting, has won the national games several times starting at the age of 16.
He also won the 1990 US Steel Challenge World Speed Shooting Competition (1990) at the age of 18.
Dionisio won the title two more times in 1992 and 1993 and become 1 of only 5 people to win the tournament at least twice.
Joining Dionisio in the World Shoot Championships in Rhodes, Greece are:
- · Edward Rivera (PH Standard)
- · Michael Lontok (PH Standard)
- · Ed Martin (PH Standard)
- · Jerome Morales (PH Modified)
- · Christopher Panganiban (PH Modified)
- · Nelson Uyugonco (PH Modified)
- · Enrico Papa (PH Modified)
- · Stephen Hinojales (PH Open Class)
- · Kenneth Rayb Agustin (PH Open Class)
- · Agustin Morales III (PH Open Class)
- · Adrian Francisco (PH Open Class)
- · Jeufro “Jag” Lejano (PH Production category)
- · Dio Marie Tayag (PH Production category)
- · Jun Gino (PH Production category)
- · Bernardo Mari (PH Production category)