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Jamaicans on target in Pistol Shooting Champs

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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Jamaican shooters produced a dominant display at the Caribbean Cup Pistol Shooting Championships, winning the overall team title and most of the individual categories at the Jamaica Rifle Association's headquarters in Kingston over the weekend.

With more than 70 shooters in contention, Team Jamaica won two divisional titles, the ladies' category and all three senior categories in their stellar showing at the prestigious regional contest.

Jamaica amassed 2870 points to emerge as regional champions ahead of Cayman with 2629 points, while Barbados (2172) were third. Trinidad and Tobago were fourth with 2027.

In the Production division, Jamaica's Darin Richards topped the group with 1013 points, ahead of Chris Hart, who scored 923, and Ryan Grala (921).

The local shooters also had the edge in the Standard category. Ryan Bramwell finished tops with 941 points, ahead of teammate Greg Henry, who scored 911 and Gerard Gill of Barbados with 846.

Cayman's Tony Campney prevented a Jamaican divisional sweep by taking top honours in the Open competition with 1045 points. He was just ahead of local favourite Kevin Cheung, who scored 1005 and Kevin Grant (812) of Barbados.

In the ladies' competition, top local female shooter Yeonie Campbell-Simpson stamped her authority on the field with 669 points, while her teammates Rene Rickhi and Tena-Shay McMorris scored 433 and 299 to place second and third, respectively.

In the Seniors category, it was Jamaica all the way. David McMorris topped the Open competition with 708 points, while Christopher Nunez took the Production title with 838. Owen Campbell won the Standard competition with 756 points.

Tournament Director Lennox “Lenny” Moulton expressed satisfaction with the high standard of shooting and sportsmanship throughout the competition.

“We had a high turnout with more than 70 shooters from four countries entering the championships and they put on a display which underscored why they are some of the best shooters in the Caribbean,” said Moulton.

“Of course, we were particularly proud of Team Jamaica for winning the competition overall and for the strong showing across all categories. Our shooters have been training hard and competing consistently both locally and overseas and I think the effort they put into their preparation definitely paid off,” he added.


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