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Guyana shooting for a medal

09 Mar 06 04:31

Preparations for the Full Bore Rifle competition are well underway in Bendigo with the Victoria State Rifle Shooting Championship attracting shooters from all around the globe.

The five day event attracted a strong field of 238 shooters, 22 of whom were internationals using the Queen's Prize as a warm-up to the Games. The Wellsford Rifle Range will host the Full Bore event at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.

“Shooters are always wanting to win a Queen's Prize, that’s their ultimate goal,” Victorian Rifle Association executive officer Matt Crowe said.

Hoping to improve their personal bests are Mahendra Persaud and Ransford Goodluck, rifle shooters from Guyana who finished 38th and 41st respectively in the competition.

The Guyana competitors are adapting well to the conditions and will be hoping to perform better at the Games.

Malaysia's Zulkeflee Hamsan was the best of the internationals in eighth place. The Full Bore Rifle event is not included on the Olympic program, making its Commonwealth Games presence even more significant. It's also a rare chance for men and women to compete against each other.

Competition kicks off on Sunday 19 March.

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