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Shaun Barnes claims National Shotgun Championship

BY SHERDON COWAN

Wednesday, July 09, 2014    

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Shaun Barnes claimed the Jamaica Skeet Club (JSC)/ ACDelco 2014 National Shotgun Championship for the fourth time after an explosive performance at the Knolford Polo Club in Bog Walk, St Catherine, over the weekend.

The 33-year-old Barnes, who will represent the country in the Olympic Trap shoot event at the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, later this month, is growing in confidence as he shot 168 birds to emerge champion over the two days. His performance saw him surpassing Bruce DuQuesnay to take the overall championship with a lesser 20 birds.

DuQuesnay shot 162 targets for second place, which placed him firmly in second spot in the overall standings with 23 birds, after being at the helm for the last three rounds of the 10-round competition. Bobby Chung shot 159 to claim the second runner-up spot.

Nine-time champion Ian Banks, who also shot 159 targets, was A1, but he will have to wait until next year for his 10th title as his overall 32 had to settle for third spot this year. Chad Ziadie (152) won A2 and Nicholas Chen (151) took A3.

Richard Azan Jr (50) is the overall champion of the A class, getting the better of Nicholas Chen (56). Ruel Chung (92) is the B class champion, but only just ahead of Jeffrey Panton (91), while Andrew Hopwood claimed the top status in the C class with 22 birds, followed by the emerging junior shooter Andrew Azan (91).

Jake Therrien (131) convincingly claimed the top spot for the D class shooters, with Brian Richardson (160) being the next best shooter, 29 birds behind. Junior shooter Zachary Chen's 174 birds will see him being crowned as the E class champion over sub-junior D'Andre Simpson (192).

The special hunters class was won by Ryan Machado (105), just ahead of David Machado (104), with Yuri Harris (100) in third spot. Junior shooter Jolie Chin (79) won the ladies category ahead of Marguerite Harris (56).

Coach and mentor Khaleel Azan extended a hearty congratulation to all the winners for successfully completing a gruelling series of contests, as the main event was supported by 83 shooters over the two days.

"Matthew Josephs, the youngest shooter in the competition, worked on his focus and came first in both E class and Sub-Juniors and two of our youngest shooters, Chad Ziadie and Nicholas Chen, made it to the Super-six with one of the sixth highest overall scores and finished as A2 and A3 respectively.

"Jake Therrien, who just turned 14, was shooting as a junior for the first time and finished as the junior champion for the weekend, so congrats are in order to him and all the other winners and shooters overall for a successful series," he said.

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