Former Caribbean and Guyana champion Ransford Goodluck is the new King of the local Range having dethroned Lennox Braithwaite on Sunday last when the Guyana National Rifle Association (GNRA) 2015 Fullbore National championships sponsored by Industrial Safety Supplies concluded.
Going into the final of three days of shooting at the Timehri Ranges, Goodluck who held a three point lead over Braithwaite, the reigning Caribbean Individual champion was able to keep his fierce rival at bay despite falling behind by a single point after the 300 and 600 yards ranges.
It was at the 1000 yards range that Goodluck shot his way to the title having recorded a score of 47 points out of a possible 50 to Braithwaite’s 43.
Braithwaite not only lost to Goodluck but was overtaken by National Vice Captain Dylan Fields who ended second overall. Peter Persaud did enough despite a bad 1000 yards shoot on the final day to retain the O-Class crown and bragging rights for the next year, while the Tyro Class for new comers was won by Roberto Tiwari.
Conditions on the day were not easy as all and the marksmen had to call on all their experience to be able to rise above the challenges presented by switching winds in very humid conditions especially at the 600 yards range where winds were switching very fast, even while shooters were in the aim.
Despite that and a low turnout due to the illness of a few key shooters including National Captain Mahendra Persaud and Leo Ramalho, those present said that they enjoyed the three days of competition which brought the curtains down on the local calendar and a very hectic year which also saw the West Indies team competing at the World, US NRA and Canada NRA Championships.
Goodluck in an invited comment said that he was pleased to be back as champion, noting that he has been in good form which culminated in him winning. He also complimented the other shooters for their resilience and commitment to the sport. (Franklin Wilson)
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