By Lars Dalseide | October 14 2011 17:46

John Whidden of the United States Rifle Team won the National Queen's Prize at the World Rifle Championships in Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane, Australia - There are a number of constants when it comes to Nashville, Georgia's John Whidden. He's always got a smile. He always wears a that ratty red ballcap when shooting, and he always shoots pretty darn straight. Each and every one of those things were true earlier today when he shot a 100-13x on the final day of the Queen's Prize to win the three-day aggregate match with a 399-046x. A day one score of 150-012x and a day two of 149-021 were enough to overtake early leader and Palma Teammate Norman Anderson for the title.

As per the custom, fellow competitors carried Whidden and his green John Deere-sashed rifle to the awards ceremony in a litter/chair. And as per usual, the only thing missing from the scene was his ratty red baseball cap. The above photo comes courtesy of fellow Palma Teammate Dave Cloft. Here's how the top ten finished:

The Queen's Prize Match
  John Whidden USA Rifle 399-046X
  Sherri GallagherUSA Rifle 398-054X 
  Jim BaileyAUS Rifle 398-044X
  Petrus HaasbroekSA Rifle 398-043X
  Norman AndersonUSA Rifle 398-043x
  Colin ColeNorth Arm 398-039x
  Andre Du ToitSA Rifle 397-048X
  Johannes Du ToitSA Rifle 397-048X 
  Geoffrey GrenfellBendigo 397-048X
  Tom WhitakerUSA Rifle 397-047X


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