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Tentpeggers on top of the world

Thursday, 1st April, 2010

* Ray Johnston is welcomed home by his wife Glenda and daughter Anthea after winning a gold medal in the International Tentpegging Competition in India. * Ray Johnston is welcomed home by his wife Glenda and daughter Anthea after winning a gold medal in the International Tentpegging Competition in India.

By Darrin Manuel

Ray Johnson and his team have bested a world-class field to win gold in the main event of the International Tentpegging Competition in India.

The competition was held in Noida, outside New Delhi, and featured teams from 16 different nations. The Australian team, which featured Mr Johnston and former local Terry Phillips, took five medals from eight events, despite miserable conditions.

"We got gold in the Teams Lance, which is the premier event. It's the one that all the countries are into," he said. "But the conditions were very harsh; it was 40-odd degrees every day and very dusty. "I think we only saw blue sky once due to all the dust and and smog."

Although he was elated with the win, Mr Johnston said he and his team could have performed better at the event."We were overcome with emotion to start with because we really didn't expect to win," he said.

"But everybody's performance was down, we didn't really feel like we performed to our potential. "We're the reigning Australian champions and we really expect more of ourselves than we produced." Competition aside, Mr Johnston said his trip to India had been eye-opening experience.

"The traffic there is amazing, there's just no rules. "You'll pull up and you'll have a Mercedes on one side of you, and a pushbike and cart on the other side. "It was without doubt a fantastic life experience."

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