A fine shot! Jackson gets his best Commonwealth Games finish

Christopher Jackson, the lone sport shooter for the Cayman Islands at the XXI Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia finished strong and narrowly missed a place in the final of the men’s trap competition.

Jackson, competing in his fifth Games, ended two days of qualifying in ninth place with 115 points, two clays behind the competitors who had a shoot-off to make it to the top six in the finals. This represented his best Commonwealth Games finish.

“My objective was to try and better my score from where I placed the past several Commonwealth Games. I’ve achieved that,” Jackson told CaymanSportsBuzz.com.

He came up against other shooters, who compete at the international level with more regularity than he does and to finish in the top-10 of 40 entries was more than satisfying. “I’ve gained a lot of experience and to be able to place myself in that position with these guys, it was an awesome finish for me.”

However, knowing at the end of two days of competition he was just shy of making the finals, the 51-year-old summed it up this way: “You always know when things are finished that if you would have only shot two more clays to put me in the position to shoot-off for the sixth spot, but it is what it is and I’m grateful for where I ended.”

It’s been a good past year representing the Cayman Islands for Jackson, who won a bronze medal in the automatic ball trap event at the NatWest Island Games in Gotland, Sweden last June.

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