Cayman’s shooters come close

RIO de JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Despite displays of marksmanship, Cayman’s shooters concluded their events during the Pan American Games without making the semi-finals.

On Saturday, 21 July, Rob Harris and Eddie McLean narrowly missed the minimum qualifying standards that would have allowed them to compete in the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Fellow shooter Christopher Jackson finished some days ago, also having missed the standards.

However, Harris shot consistently well and had a strong finish, hitting 22 of his 25 final clays. Similarly, McLean totalled 112 out of 125, which was a personal best.

But perhaps even better than the shooters’ showing of athleticism, was their showing of Caymanian hospitality – even on the range. When a Canadian competitor’s gun did not fire in two of the final shoots, Harris offered the use of his Beretta over/under shotgun. The Canadian finished just one place behind Harris.

Cayman’s shooters were accompanied by team manager Kevin Schirn, and had the support of others in the Cayman delegation. Both Harris and McLean had competed in two meets in Europe before arriving in Brazil on 19 July for the Pan Am Games.

The shooting events finished with the customary congratulations, and swapping of pins and other memorabilia.

Track and field events commenced today (Monday, 23 July). The Pan Am Games will continue until the end of this month.

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