Australia has often punched above its weight when it comes to the shooting sports and this week comes news of another example. Isn’t it funny how the mainstream media hates the shooting commmunity most of the time but loves us when one of us wins a gold medal or world championship?
As reported in the Coffs Coast Advocate, Coffs Harbour shooter John Radford has won the IRB World Rimfire championship in France. The 74-year-old retiree’s performance was also instrumental in helping Australia A, along with team mates Robin Cox and Jaegen Peet, finish with the top team title.
Australia A set a new world record of 4467.249 to finish ahead of Italy, with our national B and C-grade teams finishing third and fourth.
In the individual competition, Radford finished with an astounding perfect score of 1500.114 to set another World record.
He shot six cards of 250 and then handed his rifle and gear to fellow Aussie John Patzwald who then must have found magic in his hands, going on to fill second place.
Apart from the advancing years – that don’t seem to be holding him back – Radford has battled a long illness and only recently emerged from a lengthy period of semi-competitive retirement.
You can hear Shooters and Fishers MP Robert Borsak talk about Radford’s achievements on radio 2GB HERE. An incredible effort, great work John!