Apr 15, 2018 Sports
The Guyanese duo of Lennox Braithwaite and Ransford Goodluck ended their quest for medals at the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Prize Individual Fullbore Shooting Finals without a medal but turned in sterling performances in the process.
Coming up against the best marksmen in the world, Braithwaite, going into the final two ranges (900 and 1000 yards) on the third and final in 8th place ended the championships in 18th place with a grand aggregate of 396 points and 35Vs, while Goodluck accumulated 390:31 to end as the third best Caribbean shooter behind Barbadian Jason Wood who managed one point more than Goodluck but one V less.
Braithwaite’s final total apart from being the best achieved by a Caribbean marksman at the championships was also his best ever at these games. Taking the gold in record breaking style was Englishman David Luckman whose 404:49 eclipsed the previous record of 401:42 which he himself had set at the Glasgow Games, four years ago.
Such was the performance of the gold medalist that he dropped just a single shot in three days of competition at 8 ranges. The Englishman dropped his final shot of the championships. Taking the silver medal on Vs was Australian Jim Bailey who had held a slim lead going into the final day.
Bailey ended with 403:50 but ahead of Parag Patel of England who had to settle for the bronze with 45Vs. Scotland’s Ian Shaw was 4th with 402:39 followed by Jersey pair of Barry Le Cheminant 401:50 and David Le Quesne 400:47, Canada’s Nicole Rossignol 400:38, New Zealand’s John Snowden 400:35, Australian Ben Emms 399:48 and Gareth Morris of Wales 399:45 to close out the top 10.
The other Caribbean shooters who competed are Jamaican David Rickman 375:19 (27th), Barbadian Richard Arthur 374:18 (28th), Denis Nelson – Jamaica 371:23 (29th), Delborn Joseph – Trinidad &Tobago 362:17 (30th), Edworth Benjamin – Antigua & Barbuda 354:20 (31st), Michael Perez – Trinidad &Tobago 354:15 (32nd) and Desroy Maile – Antigua & Barbuda 338:9 (33rd).
In the Pairs competition, Guyana had finished 11th of the 16 competing teams and the top Caribbean nation. Meanwhile, the Guyanese like their Caribbean counterparts will now turn their attention to the West Indies Fullbore Shooting Championships set for the Land of the Flying fish, Barbados, next month.
Just to give some perspective to the excellent performance by both shooters: The gold, silver and bronze medals were won with record scores: 404, 403 and 403. The previous record, which was set at the last Commonwealth Games (401) was broken by David Luckman, who held the record. Braff score of 396 was the best score by a West Indian, and the best he would have shot at the games. Ransford’s score of 390 was also good shooting. Now that the Commonwealth Games are almost over we have to be prepared for Barbados. The shooting at the Commonwealth Games was outstanding. We have to lift our individual games. That’s the only way we can be successful.
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