Ainsley Walters, Gleaner Writer
Jamaica's Lesgar 'Speedy' Murdock shot his way to top international honours at the United States Nationals Pistol Champs, at the Southern Utah Shooting Sports Park, in St George, Utah.
Murdock won the trophy for high international shooter in the best-ever finish for a Jamaican at any US Nationals.
The Jamaican sharpshooter shot consistently throughout to finish a respectable 10th overall in the limited division and fifth in the open from a field of 250 competitors.
He failed, by a half of a percentage point, to register a Grand Master shoot and ninth spot overall.
Master Class shooter Ronald Brown Jr was 18th overall, which earned him a first-place finish in the Master division. Brown's 12th-place in limited 10 won him second as a Master in that division.
Spread over a week, September 23 to September 29, the tournament challenged competitors through 20 courses of fire, requiring more than 500 rounds of ammo for each of the limited, 10 and open divisions.
Murdock described his performance as a career-topping one and thanked his sponsors, Akai Custom Guns, Rudy Project, Go Gun USA, JJR Ammo, Rasta Rocket Musik and Salomon Footwear, for being firmly behind him as he looks to go for an all-out win next year.
Though the competition was testing for the Jamaicans, shooting against 36 Grand Masters and 40 other Master class shooters in the limited division, Murdock took second spot on three stages.
He shone on stage three in the open division with victory against 39 Grand Masters and 61 Masters.
Murdock will next tackle the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) Nationals in Florida, October 8-12. The Jamaican sharpshooter is also eyeing the IPSC World Shoot XVII, open division, next summer.