Overall winner Jeremy Fernando (centre) with Muditha Samaranayake (left) and Rishan Dias
The Clay Target Shooting Club of Colombo (CTSCC) dominated the NSSF Trap National Championship 2021 as Jeremy Fernando accumulated 35 points in the final round to clinch the overall championship of the three-day competition held at the Clay Target Shooting Club of Colombo's Shotgun Range in Payagala – Kalutara.
Muditha Samaranayake and Rishan Dias of Negombo Rifle Club (NRC) won the silver and bronze medals after curling up the final round with 31 and 24 points respectively. Ambrith Samaranayake, representing NRC, was placed overall fourth among six finalists, with 20 points, while CTSCC's Johann Fernando placed at fifth place with 16 points and CTSCC's Shirantha Peries, earned 12 points and finished sixth.
In the Open Category, NRC's Rishan Dias claimed the gold medal with 87 points, followed by CTSCC's Jeremy Fernando with 85 points, who claimed the silver medal. NRC's Muditha Samaranayake claimed bronze medal with 83 points.
Other competitors to follow behind were Johann Fernando, Mohomed Fahim, Nivantha Vaas, Shiyam Dias, Lakshan Hettiarachchi, Nishan Vithana, Dinesh Lionel, Ijaz Meezan and Ashoka Priyadharshana.
In the Masters' category, NRC's Ambrith Samaranayake clinched the gold medal with 82 points while Mohan Gilbert claimed the bronze medal with 73 points. Shirantha Peries of CTSCC missed the top position by a whisker and had to settle in with the silver medal after accumulating 80 points, just two behind the winner.
In the Youth Category, CTSCC's Nadith Hettiarachchi and Anitra Dharmaratne impressed as youngsters competing among much experienced seniors. Nadith took the honour of becoming gold medallist in the Youth Men's Category, while teenager Anitra claimed the gold medal of the Youth Female Category.
In addition, NRC 'A' earned enough points to top the Team Category with Muditha Samaranayake, Ambrith Samaranayaka and Rishan Dias taking their team to the pinnacle. The Clay Target Shooting Club of Colombo team '1', represented by Shirantha Peries, Jeremy Fernando and Johann Fernando, helped their team earn the second slot, while the NRC 'B', represented by Mohan Gilbert, Sean Silva and Nihal Perera, occupied the third position.
Held under the leadership of Shirantha Peiris and purview of experts Mohan Gilbert as Competition Director and Dinesh Lionel as Assistant Competition Director, the Trap Nationals 2021 concluded successfully.