The National Gymnasium came alive again on Sunday 2nd December, 2018 when Archery Guyana’s Indoor Recurve Championship Finals were run off. The action began at 12:30pm after brief remarks and introduction of officials by Secretary-General Mrs. Vidushi Persaud-McKinnon, Director of Shooting Mr. Umasankar Madray and National Sports Commission Director of Sport Mr. Christopher Jones who declared the competition open.
Individual Match Play commenced with Women’s Semi-Finals and Quarter-Finals whereby Competitors were required to shoot 4 rounds of 3 arrows each with the aim of winning the round (2points) and trying reach 6 points to qualify for the Finals. This was hotly contested by the ladies as nerves seemed to play a part going to 5 ends but the gold was secured by Narda Mohamed, giving Shereeda Yusuf the Silver. In the Match-Play between Samira Duncan and Vidushi-Persaud McKinnon the first end was won by Duncan with a score of 18 vs. 7 but Persaud-McKinnon won the 2nd end with her score of 16 vs. 5. Thereafter, Duncan won the other ends thereby securing the Bronze Medal.
In the Individual Cadet Women’s division Talitha Kissoon and Jessica Callender went head to head with Kissoon winning gold and Callender winning silver.
Next were the Men’s Individual Match Play; Umasankar Madray, Anand Mangra, Sean Duncan, Ryan McKinnon, Latchman Singh, Mohamed Khan, Jeewanram Persaud and Nicholas Hing in the Individual Men’s division. The same 4 rounds were shot for the Semis & finals as competition heated up. Persaud was knocked out by Madray, while Duncan knocked out Singh, Mangra knocked out Khan and McKinnon knocked out Hing to gain top spots in the medal matches.
Competition was stiff between Mangra and Madray for the Gold with both men determined to win. The first end was a win by Mangra with a score of 21 vs. 17. The shooters both tied in the 2nd end with a score of 19 thereby each securing 1 point. However, the following 2 ends wound up with Mangra coming out on top while Madray took the silver. Meanwhile, Sean Duncan and Ryan McKinnon battled for the bronze. After winning the first three ends thereby securing full points, McKinnon upset Duncan to take the bronze medal.
As soon as the Individual rounds ended, the Team rounds began. In much the same as the ranking rounds, excitement between the teams was high as they shot their rounds hoping to come out as number 1.
The top team gold medalists were Umasankar Madray & Nicholas Hing, while team silver medalists were Sean Duncan & Vidushi Persaud-McKinnon and team bronze medalists were Jeewanram Persaud & Talitha Kissoon.
All medals were sponsored by the National Sports Commission and presented by Director of Sport, Mr. Christopher Jones to each archer. In his Closing Remarks, Director of Sport, expressed his commitment to seeing archery’s development in the schools and the regions, while working along with Archery Guyana.
Archery Guyana’s next and final archery competition to close the year will be the 2018 Outdoor Recurve Championships on Sunday, 16th December at the Carifesta Sports Complex Ground.
Results of Archery Guyana’s 2018 Indoor Recurve Championships – Sunday December 2:
Gold – Narda Mohamed – 77
Silver – Shereeda Yusuf – 69
Bronze – Samira Duncan – 62
Gold – Anand Mangra – 85
Silver – Umasankar Madray – 74
Bronze – Ryan McKinnon – 66
Individual Cadet Women
Gold – Talitha Kissoon – 65
Silver – Jessica Callender – 40
Gold – Umasankar Madray & Nicholas Hing
Silver – Sean Duncan & Vidushi Persaud-McKinnon
Bronze – Jeewanram Persaud & Talitha Kissoon
In Photo below: Director of Sport Mr. Christopher Jones, President of Archery Guyana, Mr. Mohamed Khan, kneeling left at 2018 Indoor Archery Finals at the National Gymnasium