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'Speedy' Murdock 14th at World Shoot ; 'TJ' Johnson third among Seniors

Published:Saturday | October 25, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Ainsley Walters, Gleaner Writer

LESGAR 'Speedy' Murdock finished as the highest-placed Jamaican in the Open Division at the recent International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) World Shoot XVII 2014 in Polk County, Florida.

Murdock placed 14th ahead of Lennie Moulton, 157th, Anthony 'TJ' Johnson, 176th, Ryan Gourzong, 203rd, and John Lee, 312th.

The IPSC is the largest and most respected practical-shooting organisation in the world, with more than 200,000 shooting members in close to 100 countries worldwide.

The IPSC World Shoot is a multi-day handgun competition comprising 30 separate courses of fire and features the best shooters from around the world vying for the title of world champion.

Jamaica performed creditably in the Standard Division with Orville Henriques placing 69th, ahead of Andrew Yap, 78th, and Alastair Stewart, 289th.

Veteran shooter 'TJ' Johnson also competed in the Super Senior Category for competitors over age 60 and placed third in this category, earning a well-deserved trophy and IPSC President's Medal.

Johnson was appearing at his sixth World Shoot and his medal tally now stands at 13. He said the event was "an example of excellence" in officiating, presentation ceremony and all the logistics involved.

The veteran shooter described Jamaica's team as "one of the best ever sent to a World Shoot". The team was selected after participating in qualification events held throughout 2013.

Johnson lauded regional director Alastair Stewart for preparing the team and promoting IPSC shooting during his term of office.

The Jamaicans competed against athletes with much greater resources and who practice at the highest level, some expending more than five times the number of rounds than the Caribbean men.

The IPSC holds a handgun World Shoot every three years. It is regarded by many as the Olympics of practical shooting. Previous events have been hosted by Greece, Indonesia, Ecuador and South Africa. World Shoot XVIII 2017 will be held in France.