Chen outguns competition to top Sporting Clays Junior Champs
Nicholas Chen shot his way to the top of the National Commercial Bank Capital Market (NCBCM) Sporting Clays Junior Shotgun Championship for a second time at the conclusion of the 2014 edition held at the Jamaica Skeet Club in Portmore on Sunday.
The 17-year-old Chen, who won the title in 2012 and was dethroned by Richard Azan last year, returned to reclaim the crown by one bird, after shooting an overall 113 birds to Brandon Reid's 112, with Chad Ziadie rounding off the top three with 107 birds.
They were joined by Aidan Ingledew (106), Hugh Jones (104) and Nickolai Clarke (104), to make up the super-six top shooters who were given an additional 25 targets in the shoot off.
Reid found himself in front when he shot down eight of nine birds at the final field of a three-field course set to World Championship standard, but Chen with a nice posture and dexterity shot down seven of his nine which propelled him to the top.
Shooting out of the 17-19 class, Chen went on an almost perfect gun run in the preliminary round when he shot down 94 out of 100 birds to top the class ahead of Ziadie who hit 87 and Daniel Schwapp with 79.
"It was a great experience for me, I had a good mental game and I was focused. The shoot off was very hard for me, it was a lot of pressure as I only shot 19 out of the 25. I know the guys that I went up against are very good and they know how to handle pressure, but I managed to maintain my focus and I pull through," he said.
The Hillel Academy Student who has one more year of shooting left in this particular championship added that his ambitions are to next shoot at the All-Jamaica Championships.
Reid, who took down 92 out of 100 birds, topped the Juniors A class ahead of Jones and Clarke with 88 birds each. Jones was, however, placed second after he got the better of Clarke in a tie-breaker shoot off.
Ingledew with 87 birds claimed the Juniors B section ahead of Zachary Chen 82 and Simon Khouri who took down 79. Danzell Knight with 84 birds won the Sub-Juniors A class, with Jacob Therrien (81) and D'Andre Simpson (80) finishing second and third, respectively.
Leah Azan and Alysia Evans were the only participants in the Girls class with the absence of Isabelle Chin. Azan ended the course with 66 birds to Evans' 62.