DANIEL Henares broke the Philippine record and matched the world record in the 50-meter rim fire light varmint event of the 2014 Philippine National Shooting Associations (PNSA) Bench rest shooting monthly qualifying competition at the Marine Range in Taguig City.
Henares, the husband of Bureau and Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares, posted 747 out of a possible 750 points to take home the gold medal and shatter the 746 national record set by Auksie Estrada in October 2013 during the Philippine National Open.
After two rounds, Henares was leading the contest but needed a perfect score on the last card to set a new national record. “I had three shots to go and thought it was impossible but I cleaned out the targets. It just feels great to hold the record,” he said.
Besides Henares, Jimmy Maniwang finished with a silver medal with 739 and Nick Lagustan settled for bronze medal with 738 in the light varmint class during the first Qualifying Match for the 2015 World Rim Fire Airgun Bench rest Federation World Championship (WRABF) in Brisbane.
Henares, who used a German Anschutz rifle did not only reset the Philippine record but also equalled the world record made by Hall of Famer Carl Boswell, who set 747 points during the WRABF event in Czech Republic in September 2013.
It was a sweet reward for Henares who did not join the national team that competed in a Czech Republic meet last year.
Bench rest shooting requires the use of an Olympic match rifle to hit a 1mm target from a distance of 50 meters.
“I put all my faith in my Anschutz match rifle and she shot perfectly,” Henares added. The win came while Henares was warming up from a 10-month layoff.
“Actually, Henares tied the world record by scoring 747. This event is important because they are qualifying for the national team. If Henares could score this high also in qualifying matches, we expect him to do better as a member of the national team,” said PNSA executive Richard Fernandez.