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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Kirui, Otundo chasing for crosses in UK

Marksmen line up at the firing line on Saturday May 14, 2016 at Defence Forces Rifle Range Nanyuki
Marksmen line up at the firing line on Saturday May 14, 2016 at Defence Forces Rifle Range Nanyuki

General Service Unit duo David Kirui and Sanford Otundo embarked on a chase for crosses with each shooting a 'Highest Possible Score' at the ongoing Imperial UK Bisley meeting in London.

The two sharpshooters carded 75.9 and 75.11 respectively to kick start their hunt for crosses. To earn a bronze cross, a trigger puller has to shoot two HPS, while three HPS brings forth a silver cross. To win a gold cross, a firer has to down four or more HPS.

Last year, the Kenyan team won seven crosses, six bronze, three from Christopher Saina while Otundo, Simon Ndambuki and John Serem (who was axed from the team) had one each, and one silver by Kirui. The former is aiming higher as he looks to surpass 2016's feat.

“I am working hard to exceed my performance last year. I believe in and embrace progression so I am targeting to add three or more HPS to bring home a Gold Cross,” said Kirui on phone from London.

Kenya has so far accumulated nine bronze bars and one silver medal, chasing to exceed last year's accolades which include one trophy, one gold medal, a gold badge, six silver medal, a silver HPS Cross, two bronze medals, six bronze HPS Cross and 41 bronze bar.

In the mean time, Otundo leads the Kenyan national full-bore shooting team on the Grand Aggregate scores with 245 points and 25 vee-bulls. He downed 245.25 in four shoots up to Sunday July 16 out of the possible 250 and 50v to place 124th among the top 730 marksmen from all over the world.

The paramilitary sergeant earned one Highest Possible Score (HPS) when he carded 75.11 in the Daily Telegraph shoot. He went on to add 73.6 in Daily Mail, 49.4 in Alexandra and 48.4 in the Duke of Cambridge show to keep his hopes high to grab the top honours when the 148th Bisley annual meeting will come to an end on Friday.

Eudicas Nyagah follows in the second place in the Kenyan outfit but 215th in the showpiece with 243.21 as John Ihugo brought forth 241.31 for position 267. Kirui came in fourth with 241.23 and Nathan Mringie completed the top five after amassing 238.14.

Newbie Sarah Sintoi (the only lady in the Kenyan team) beat Saina and Ndamuki to position seven and eight on count-back. She scored 237.24 while three-time Kenya Open champion Saina and Ndambuki brought forth 237.23 and 237.22 respectively. William Ahongo (236.23) and Philip Kipchumba (233.21) complete the top 10.

Newcomer Clifford Kiptarus has so far garnered 230.18, Reuben Macharia has 225.15 and Peter Muli carded 224.13.

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