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'Speedy' Murdock in top form

Published:Thursday | July 26, 2018 | 12:19 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer
Jamaica's Lesgar 'Speedy' Murdock competing in the Open division on the third day of competition at the Pan American Handgun Championships at the Jamaica Rifle Association yesterday.
Jalise Williams of the United States navigates the stage during day three action at the Pan American Handgun Championships at Jamaica Rifle Association yesterday.
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Jamaica's Lesgar 'Speedy' Murdock turned in a scintillating performance to remain on course to capture the Open Division at the Pan American Handgun Championship at the Jamaica Rifle Association on Mountain View Avenue yesterday.

Murdock, who is one of the top handgun shooters in the island, leads the Open Division with 1527 points after 18 out of 24 stages.

Argentina's pair of Daniel Minaglia (1302) and Martin Baldi (1300) are second and third, respectively.

Murdock's teammates, David McMorris in 24th spot with 882 points, follow with Barnard Lawrence in 27th place on 757 points.

The Jamaican marksman was quite pleased with his performance so far, particularly on yesterday's third day of competition.

"The first and second days were excellent, but today (Wednesday) was perfect," said Murdock. "Right now, I am leading, and so I know that I can top this division."

Andrew Yap is in second place in the Standard Division with 1413 points from 18 out of 24 stages.

Meanwhile, Michael Burrell from Canada leads the section with 1449 points, ahead of his teammate Ian Jones with 1393 points.

"I am pleased with my performance in the competition from the last three days," said Yap, who also gave his views on the stages.

"The stages are built really nice and they are fun stages, but they are not easy at all, and so it has been a challenge, but we are holding it together," said Yap.

In the Production Division, Jamaica's pair of Christopher NuÒez, 1295 points, and Ryan Bramwell on 1293 points are sixth and seventh, respectively, after 18 of out 24 stages.

Venezuela's Camilo Vetencourt leads the section with 1570 points, ahead of German Romitelli from Argentina, with 1507 points.

The championship, which is open to the public, continues today at JRA and then closes on Saturday at the same venue.