Silver for Jamaica in Long Course Team competition
Jamaica's National Full Bore Rifle Team had to settle for the silver medal behind arch rivals Guyana in the long course shooting competition at the 2014 West Indies Target Rifle Championships yesterday.
Battling against six Caribbean teams and a good squad from Canada and shooting in windy conditions, the Guyanese posted 676 with 29 V's to stay well ahead of the field. The Jamaican team shot 646 with 23 V's to take second, while Trinidad and Tobago scored 610 with 17 V's to finish third.
The first leg of the two-day competition was shot over ranges of 900 and 1000 yards. Guyana's victory has put them well ahead of the rest of the field to win the overall team competition which climaxes today with the short course events.
However, the Jamaicans, reluctant to bow to their long-time adversaries, are looking to roar back and win the final event.
"The conditions for the long course competition were challenging and Guyana did well to hold it together and post a win," said Jamaica Rifle Association executive, Denis Lee.
"But Jamaica will be going all out to win the short course team competition on Saturday because the team is determined not to leave these Championships without a trophy," he added.
Today's short course competition will be played over three ranges 300, 500 and 600 yards. The week-long Championships will conclude with an awards ceremony, which is scheduled for tonight at the Jamaica Rifle Association's headquarters on Mountain View Ave in Kingston.