Local marksmen close in on target at C/wealth Games By Michael DaSilva
Stabroek News
July 30, 2002

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Guyana's two-man rifle shooting team (Ransford Goodluck and Mahendra Persaud), just off the Queen's Jubilee Rifle Shooting meet at Bisley, Surrey, England, placed 12th in the Open Pairs Competition of the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games.

According to reports, the 12th place secured by Goodluck and Persaud in England, is the best showing by any West Indies Fullbore Association member.

While no scores were available up to press time, the Guyanese finished ahead of the rest of the English speaking Caribbean.

The competition was won by the Northern Ireland pair of Martin Miller and David Calvert.

Bermuda's Sinclair Rayner and Nelson Simons placed 14th, while Barbados' Karl Branch and Louis King ended 16th. Jamaica's David Rickman and Carl Smith placed 17 and Trinidad's Carl Awong and Norris Gomez ended 18th.

The team is being managed by Assistant Commissioner of Police Paul Slowe.

Both Goodluck and Persaud will be in action once again when the individual singles competition gets underway at the Bisley range tomorrow.

At the Queen's Jubilee meet which was staged at Bisley also, Goodluck won 23 bronze bars and Persaud 16. The meet attracts over 1100 rifle shooters from all over the world every year.

Apart from winning the bronze bars, Goodluck also captured the LVR Communications `O' Class title by returning a grand score of 222 points with 21 V-Bulls. (Michael DaSilva)