MEDAL WINNER: Roy MacCarthy competed overseas in the 2016 World Rimfire Championships in Portugal and shot a top score in the process.
MEDAL WINNER: Roy MacCarthy competed overseas in the 2016 World Rimfire Championships in Portugal and shot a top score in the process. Paul Donaldson BUN190916SHOOT3

MacCarthy shoots highest score at world championships

SHOOTING: With a late call-up to the Australian team, Roy MacCarthy did not want to let the team down.

Originally selected as a reserve for this year's World Rimfire Championships, MacCarthy got his chance when others withdrew.

And he didn't disappoint.

He was part of the Australia C team which finished fifth overall in the team's event, with Australia A won the title.

Then in the individual event MacCarthy produced one of the best rounds.

Shooting 250.18 points in one target, he had the best score for the whole tournament, landing a medal.

Unfortunately though he couldn't continue it for his other rounds and ended up 18th overall.

MacCarthy said the high-scoring round was almost perfect for him.

"On Saturday morning (at the meet) everything just clicked,” he said.

"I got the wind right, everything was going well and I shot the target in around nine minutes.”

Incredibly MacCarthy's feat was done without his rifle.

With weight restrictions on flights, he had to rely on his team-mates' gear to compete.

"(Richard Lightfoot) had that tuned really well, it was shooting great,” he said.

"It had a beautiful action and was a beautiful barrel.”

MacCarthy is now preparing for the next world championships in 2018, with the first qualifiers to be held next year.

His next event will be the Maryborough Masters in Gympie on October 1 and 2.



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