Guyana outshoot Jamaica in rifle championship
JAMAICA finished second overall as Guyana scored 1,119 with 75 V's to win the short course segment and the overall team competition on the final day of the 2014 West Indies Target Rifle Championships.
Scoring 1,105 with 58 V's, defending champions Jamaica conceded to their arch -rivals whom the Jamaicans dethroned last year, as the alternation between the top two teams continued.
However, although they emerged as runners-up, the Jamaican team still had plenty to cheer about when the five-day tournament wrapped up on Saturday.
O Class Marksman Karen Anderson was the tournament's highest ranking female shooter, scoring 266 with 9 V's to place 15th in the grand aggregate. Anderson, who won gold over the 1,000 yard range as well as bronze over 600 and 900 yards, emerged as the overall winner in the O class with 361 with 13 V's.
In addition, Anderson walked away with the brand new Top Female Shooter Trophy, a prize that was introduced at this year's Championships.
"My goal coming into the championships was to win my class so this is a significant achievement for me," Anderson said.
"I was also thrilled to be the Top Lady Shooter, but winning the O Class is pretty special because that meant I came out on top competing against the men," she added.
Shooting star, David Rickman, whose exploits kept the home crowd gripped throughout the competition, was the highest ranked Jamaican, scoring 377 with 21 V's to finish fourth in the grand aggregate.
Rickman won the gold over 900 yards for the X Class and also emerged as the overall winner over that distance. He was third over 500 yards both for his class and for the overall tournament; and he scored a total of 138 with 7 V's to place second in the long range aggregate.
"My goal throughout the championships was to just have fun shooting and forget it was a major tournament and overall I had a great competition," Rickman said.
Another Jamaican who gave a solid showing was T Class shooter, Dwayne Ford, who scored 351 with 18 V's to place top of his class in the grand aggregate. Ford won four gold medals placing first in his class over 1,000 and 300 yards as well as 500 in two events. Ford also won silver over 300, 600 and 900 yards for T Class.
T Class marksman, Claude Russell also made his mark at the regional competition, walking away with several medals. Russell was first in his class over 600 yards and second overall for that distance. He also won gold and silver over 900 yards in separate events, as well as bronze medals over 300 and 500 yards. In addition, Russell scored 218 with 7 V's to place second in his class for the short range aggregate.
Not to be outdone, veteran Aubrey Yee-Sang won gold and bronze over 500 yards in separate O Class events and placed second in his class for the short range aggregate. Fellow veteran, Dennis Lee was first in the O Class for the short range aggregate.