Top shot Tavares-Fin­son thrills

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Shayne Fair­man Gleaner Writer

YOUNG MARKS­MAN Ro­man Tavares-Fin­son was un­stop­pable with close-to-per­fect shooting, set­ting the stage with a bril­liant 49 of 50 birds, which saw him claim the High Over­all Cham­pion spot at the Dig­i­cel In­ter-School Clay 50 Birds Cham­pi­onship on Sun­day at the Ja­maica Skeet Club in Port­more, St Cather­ine.

The 13-year-old, who was claim­ing his first ma­jor ti­tle, missed just one tar­get on his way to up­stag­ing a very com­pact field. In the Su­per Six round, he hit a ta­ble-top­ping 64 birds.

The Hil­lel Academy stand­out shooter scored 15 in the Su­per Six to lead his school to a win­ning score of 215, a seven point ad­van­tage over the Amer­i­can In­ter­na­tional School of Kingston (AISK), which shot 208, and Cham­pion Col­lege 204 in third.

Ja­maica Col­lege fin­ished fourth with 176 points.

“I have won a cou­ple times, but not as big as this one, I guess it was more of adren­a­line hap­pen­ing. I am very happy with the win,” he told The Gleaner.

Ro­man, the son of prom­i­nent lawyer and gov­ern­ment se­na­tor, Tom TavaresFin­son, Ro­man Tavares-Fin­son takes aim dur­ing the Dig­i­cel In­ter-School Clay 50 Birds Cham­pi­onship at the Ja­maica Skeet Club on Sun­day.

said the course was a chal­leng­ing one.

“If I thought about it in my head, I wouldn’t have done it, so I just main­tained my mo­men­tum and con­cen­trated,” he said.

The com­pe­ti­tion saw more than 70 up­com­ing ju­nior shoot­ers give a good ac­count of them­selves, with Ja­maica Skeet Club pres­i­dent Khaleel Azan giv­ing them much credit.

“I didn’t think we would have more than a high score of 45, Ro­man shot 49, and this gives me an idea of where we are and how we are re­ally achiev­ing a lot from year to year, and where we go and how we are to over­seas stan­dards,” Azan noted. “I think we are get­ting closer.”

He also cred­ited sec­ond over­all run­nerup, Danzel Knight, who bravely shot with a bro­ken hand.

Mean­while, the cat­e­gory win­ners John Chin (38) Amir Azan (38)

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Jonathan Ral­ston (49) re­ceived $1,500 credit from main spon­sor Dig­i­cel along with their other prizes.

The Su­per Six top fin­ish­ers were Ro­man Tavares-Fin­son (64), Zachary Chen (58), and third Danzel Knight (58).

Jonah Subaran scored 56, fol­lowed by Zachary Lazarus and Mark Des­noes 55, re­spec­tively. Peter Mah­food hit 52 and Zachary Dun­can was the next best with 51.

– Messi

IAN ALLEN/PHOTOGRAPHER

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