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Shooting: Kenya to host Africa Championship in September next year

Last updated 1 month ago | By Ernest Ndunda

Sammy Onyango in action. [Omondi Onyango,Standard]

Accuracy comes in handy for shooter as he triumphs in the national Mashujaa championships. 

World Shooting championship bronze medallist Master Sammy Onyango overcame a strong field to win the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) Mashujaa Day championship in Mombasa at the weekend.

The event, which was held at Bamburi Rifle Club, attracted members from the disciplined forces, Mombasa County Government and some civilians.

Onyango, who won bronze in Enhanced Service Pistol (ESP) category at last year's, World Championship in Talladega in Alabama, USA, proved to have mastered the art of range shooting as he perfectly hit the targets to emerge victorious at the event. 

Onyango was superb in speed, accuracy and trigger drills as he put other opponents on notice ahead of the Africa Championship to be held in Kenya, in September, next year.

"With proper preparation, we expect to give the South Africans and other international participants a run for their money," said Onyango, who is an engineer by profession and the International Point of Contact representative.

He also won gold in last year's Hungarian Magtech tournament and has triumphed in other major international events.

The shooting competition involved tests on speed, accuracy, drills trigger, speed drills, combat draws, evasive draws, transitions, barricades, cover and concealment.

In the Stock Service Pistol (SSP) category, Kenya Prison's Expert Daniel Kyalo, who represented Kenya in last year's World Championship, where he finished 10th, was second behind Onyango. Sharpshooter Senior Sergeant James Kariuki finished third.

Geoffrey Pesa, who was fourth at the USA World Championship in ESP category, won in the PCC category.

In the Compact Carry Pistol (CCP) category, Master Ibrahim Ndung'u emerged victorious followed by Thomas Kiilu and Peter Njoroge.

Master Eric Wachira won the ESP division with Mohammed Aden and Peter Multi finishing second and third respectively.

Tony Karanja won in the Carry Optics (CO), while Benjamin Muema called the shots in the Law Enforcement (LE) division.

Elizabeth Cherono, who challenged women to take up the sport, was the lady winner.

Jonathan Wahome, 16, was the youngest participant.

National Gun Owners Association (NGAO) chairman Matting Chengo said the association will stage more competitions ahead of the continental championships.

"Many countries are grappling with effects of Covid-19 pandemic, but we shall prepare well for next year's Africa Championship," said Chengo.

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