22 year old Gareth Godwin, continued his impressive form at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. In the 2nd stage of the Individual Full-Bore rifle event, he scored an excellent 148 from a possible of 150, to leave himself in 21st position, and 4 points behind the leaders. There are 44 competitors in the event.
With his First & Second stage scores added together, Gareth goes into Friday's third and final stage with a score of 251, the highest ever achieved by a Falklands shooter in the Commonwealth Games. The previous best was set by Ken Aldridge in Victoria in 1994 when he totalled 233.
At 300 yards the Falklands flag-bearer at last weeks Opening Ceremony, scored 49, and added a similar score at 500 yards. But then at 600 yards, he slotted all 10 rounds into the bulls-eye for a maximum of 50.
While obviously much of the attention has centred on the achievements of the 22 year old, his fellow Islander Derek Pettersson has also produced some good scores. A moderate 44 at 300 yards, was followed by a solid 48 at 500, and he completed the day by scoring a good 49 at 600 yards, for an aggregate score of 239, leaving him in 39th position.
Leading the way a maximum score of 150 are Glyn Barnett of England and David Calvert of N.Ireland. Several shooters are on 254 - David Gardiner of Australia, Peter Jory of Guerseny, and David le Quesne and Colin Mallet both of Jersey.
In the Clay Pigeon Men's Trap - Singles, the Falklands Saul Pitaluga finished in 23rd position with a good score of 105, made up of scores of 21, 19, 21, 21 and 24.
Graham Didlick, trying the event for the first time was 34th with an aggregate of 68. 37 competitors took part in the event.
On the badminton courts at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton, both Douglas Clark and Chris Eynon suffered straight sets defeats. Douglas went down 7-0, 7-0, 7-0 to the number 11 seed Mark Constable of England, while Chris lost by a similar score to Amran Kambar of Brunei. Both lads suffered considerably from nerves and it was not until the 3rd set that each of them managed to break the serve of their opponent, but they were unable to take advantage and score any points. On Thursday they face a tough test in the doubles, meeting a top ranked English pairing.
But on the 5th day of the 2002 Commonwealth Games, pride of place for the Falklands once again goes to Gareth Goodwin for establishing a personal best, and a best First & Second stage score for the Falklands.
Patrick Watts - Manchester