Komani shottist crowned new world champion

TOP HONOURS: Pictured, from left, are World Rimfire and Airrifle Benchrest Federation outgoing president Nick Schoonwinkel, Kevin du Toit, Carl van der Linde and Hein Frommann Picture: SUPPLIED

Local shottist Carl van der Linde returned with a gold medal and was crowned the new world champion in the heavy varmint class with a new world record of 747/750 with 33 x count.
This took place at the world championships hosted by the World Rimfire and Airrifle Benchrest Federation last week in Pretoria.
Van der Linde received an Air Arms HFT 500 air rifle, sponsored by Air Arms.
He was also awarded a silver medal in the two gun. The record he broke was previously held by a South African, Billy Chamberlain.
Van der Linde and his team also received bronze in the light varmint team event.
Van der Linde’s son, Willem, received a bronze in the light varmint open class and, together with his teammates, took silver in the light varmint event. Willem also ended fourth in the two gun.
Another local shottist, Johan de Beer, came 13th in the light varmint class and his son, Rynard, who was the youngest participant, returned with a silver medal in the light varmint junior class.
Van der Linde said 14 countries took part in the championship. There were 102 shottists, of whom 10 were juniors competitors.
“The range conditions were probably the most difficult experienced in a long time, with the wind constantly changing direction and strength. To be in the top ranks you had to produce a world-class effort,” Willem said.
“ South Africa has shown their mettle and came through on the last day with a huge effort.”

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