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Confident Jamaicans hold nerve to hit Caribbean rifle title

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REGIONAL CHAMPIONS: Jamaica's national rifle shooting team that won the West Indies fullbore short range title at the Caribbean Shooting Championships at the Paragon Range in Bridgetown, Barbados. They are (from left) Wayne McNair, DSP Canute Coley, Jose Nunez, David Rickman, Valerie Newman, Denis Lee, Bassilios Hado, and captain, Major John Nelson. - Contributed

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados:CLINGING to a firm belief that they could win, Jamaica's national rifle shooting team held their nerve to register victory over highly favoured Guyana and nail the West Indies Fullbore Short Range title at the Caribbean Shooting Championships held recently at Paragon Range in Bridgetown, Barbados.
"Throughout the competition, the entire team remained steadfast in our belief that if we just performed steadily at all ranges, we could pull off this victory," said Jamaica's captain, Major John Nelson, whose team also consisted of Wayne McNair, DSP Canute Coley, Jose Nunez, David Rickman, Valerie Newman, Denis Lee, and Bassilios Hado.
The tournament, which was shot over ranges 300, 500, and 600 yards, was contested by the region's top shooting teams, including Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, and defending champions Guyana.
At the end of the first range at 300 yards, Jamaica had a one-point advantage over Guyana; however, at 500 yards, the defending champions fought back to earn a two-point lead heading to the final range on Saturday.
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Then Jamaica rallied at 600 yards to shoot past Guyana, finishing with a total score of 1116 points and 58 V-bulls to take the championship, while Guyana had to settle for second with 1103.68. Trinidad and Tobago placed third with 1090.68.
"We weren't daunted by the fact that Guyana were the favourites," Nelson pointed out. "We just kept pace with them until the final round, and then at 600 yards, they succumbed to the pressure and it was a blowout, with us beating them by 13 points."

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