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Sasso takes lead into national shotgun Champs

Published:Saturday | July 9, 2016 | 7:00 AMShayne Fairman
Christian Sasso

Top-rated local clay shooters will be locked in two days of intense competition today and tomorrow for the prestigious title of National Shotgun Champion at the Stewart Industrial Sporting Clays-sponsored National Championship at Woodleigh in Clarendon, this weekend.

The premier event on the local clay-shooting calendar will feature a compact 200 birds competition, 100 per course over two days.

All eyes will, no doubt, be on the dangerous and artful reigning national champion, Christian Sasso, who leads his challengers by seven clear points.

While those who trail Sasso at less than 15 points will have a chance, perennial challenger Shaun Barnes, a former champion himself and last year's runner-up, should provide the strongest threat.

Others such as many-time champion Ian Banks will also be looking to stop Sasso, who has been hitting top shooting form with recent wins on the local circuit.

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The field is expected to be a big one and will include some of the island's best and upcoming shooters in classes A to E, men, ladies, and juniors.

Jamaica Skeet Club president Khaleel Azan considers today's event the most prestigious, and describes the competition as "everybody's big day."

"We have two 100-bird courses set. It's going to require a lot of skill and determination as one will test technicality and the other will test ability to be consistent and a lot of mental focus," Azan told The Gleaner.

This weekend's main event on the local skeet calendar is considered the most prestigious and a number of top shooters will no doubt be coming all out to compete and give themselves a chance even if they have not won a championship so far this year.

Following the winner of this event, the national awards function will be held Monday night at Jade Garden Restaurant at 7 p.m.