Patch

Held at the Tampa Police Pistol Ranges
March 6 through 10, 1956

Record Field In Midwinter Pistol Shoot

By BOB SMITH
Tribune Sports Writer

A record 500 entries will start popping away at the targets at the Tampa Police Pistol Range today, opening the annual National Mid-Winter Pistol Championships.

One of the biggest shots staged anywhere in the United States, the meet draws marksmen from all over the country. This year 41 states will be represented along with Jamaica, Cuba, the Canal Zone, Canada, Turkey, Iceland and Puerto Rico.

The overall championship for the men is expected to be settled between Harry W. Reeves of the Detroit Police Department, M/Sgt. Huelet L. Benner of the U. S. Army and Tampan Joe White. Reeves is defending champion from 1955 and also for seven other years. Benner won the crown five years and White is runnerup to Reeves in the 1955 shoot.

Women's Champ Entered

Some of the excitement will center around Gertrude E. Backstrom, national champion from Hoguiarn, Wash. She will be competing against Lucil Chambliss, of Winter Haven, who has won the title the last five years. It is the first time Miss Backstrom has entered the Mid-winter.

Four matches are scheduled today, the first a micro sight trophy match for any regular pistol or revolver, to start at 8 o'clock. This will be followed by the Lykes Brothers Trophy Match for .22 caliber, the Frank Wyman Trophy Match, also for the .22 caliber, and the Bausch and Lomb Trophy Match for any pistol or revolver.

.22 Slated Wednesday

Wednesday all of the shooting will be limited to .22 caliber, climaxed by the National Mid-winter .22 Caliber Championship, awarded for aggregate scores of the four shoots of the day. These shoots are the .22 caliber timed fire, rapid fire, slow fire and civilian trophy match.

Competition continues through Saturday with the traditional Yankee-Rebel team match, between selected teams from north and south of the Mason-Dixon line.

Tampa Tribune, Tuesday, March 6, 1956

Hummert Winner In Shoot

National Pistol Matches Under Way At Police Range

By BOB SMITH
Tribune Sports Writer

Lloyd C. Hummert of Fort Smith, Arkansas, a U. S. Army shooter, who won the opening match of the warmups for the National Mid-Winter Pistol Championships at the Tampa Police Pistol Range today. He had a score of 200 but outranked two other shooters with 200 scores because of more shots in the inner ring of the target.

Second was B. H. Curnick, Tampa Policeman, and third was Joe C. White, of the Miami Border Patrol, who placed second for the all over championship in the 1955 matches. The match was the micro sight trophy match for pistol or revolver.

Title Match Today

Today's matches to decide the .22 caliber pistol champion will count towards the Midwinter championship in the aggregate scores. There are four events, the .22 caliber timed fire, slow fire, rapid fire and the civilian trophy match.

The .22 caliber champion is the shooter who makes the best scores in all four of the matches. Harry W. Reeves, the 1955 Mid-winter champion won the .22 caliber title last year.

James E. Clark of Shreveport, La., won the second of Lykes Brothers Trophy Match for .22 caliber with a score of 300. Aubrey E. Smith, Army man from Fort Polk, La., was second with 299 and William B. Blankenship, Jr., U. S. Army, or Richlands, Va., third with 299.

The Frank Wyman Trophy Match for .22 caliber over the National match course, was won by David C. Miller, U. S. Army, from Denver, Colo., with a total of 297. William W. McMillan, Marine from Parris Island, S.C., was second with 296 and Hummert was third with 295.

The scores of the final match, the Bausch and Lomb Trophy Match for slow fire at 50 yards with any pistol or revolver, were not totaled last night and the winners were not available.

Tampa Tribune, Wednesday, March 7, 1956

Miamian Wins Title In Mid-Winter Shoot

Takes Lead In Chase For National Midwinter Championship

By BOB SMITH
Tribune Sports Writer

Joseph C. White, runner-up in the National Mid-Winter Pistol Championships last year, got a leg on the 1956 title at the Tampa Police Pistol Range yesterday as he won the .22 caliber championship wiht his aggregate score of 881 for four matches during the day.

The former Tampan now with the border patrol at Miami, placed first in the .22 caliber rapid fire match with a perfect score of 200 and did well enough in the other three events of the day to take the lead in the five-day shoot and the title in the small caliber event.

James E. Clark of Shreveport won two of the matches, the timed fire and the civilian trophy match over the the national match course. He was the defending champion in the civilian match. Clark had a 200 score in the timed fire and 296 in the other.

Second to White in the day's aggregate was M/Sgt. Huelet L. Benner, pistol instructor at West Point with 880. Benner is five time winner of the ?? over championship.

Third place was taken by Sgt. William B. Blankenship, Jr., army marksman from Richlands, Va., with a 878.

The other individual match was won by SFC Maurice E. Belisle, Army shooter from Columbus, Ga. He has a 192 in the slow fire.

All events were for the .22 caliber pistol.

Today the .22 caliber center fire championship and the regular center fire championship will be decided with a series of four matches, including scores form the .22 caliber championship of yesterday.

Tampa Tribune, Thursday, March 8, 1956

Benner Leading Race For Crown In Pistol Shoot

By BOB SMITH
Tribune Sports Writer

M/Sgt. Huelet L. "Joe" Benner, West Point instructor, is leading the chase for the National Mid-Winter Pistol Championship, with wins in five of the six matches at the Tampa Police Pistol Range yesterday.

Benner is the present leader with a total of 1756 points, followed closely by Tampan Joe C. White of the Miami Border Patrol who has amassed 1744 points. Lt. William W. McMillan, Parris Island, S. C., Marine is third with 1742.

The Army man's big victory was the .22 center fire championship that won him the Colt's trophy with his 1756. He also won the center championship with 876 to take the Smith and Wesson trophy. Both of these matches were for aggregate scores in the regularly fired matches of the day.

In actual shooting, Benner was first in the center fire timed fire with 200; center fire slow fire with 191l, and center fire national match course with 293. Alfred Hemming, civilian from Detroit won the center fire rapid fire match with 198.

The field of 500 shooters will turn its attention to the .45 caliber weapons in today's action to decide the .45 caliber champion. Scores continue to pile up from these events for the all over championship that will be decided today.

Saturday's action will all be team events.

Maj. L. R. Robinson of Columbus, Ga., was second to Benner in the timed fire match with a 199 and Robert E. Laycock of Tampa was third with 199.

Lt. Col. William A. Hancock of El Paso, Tex., placed second to Benner in the slow fire, shooting a 190. William W. McMillan, U.S. Marine of Parris Island, S. C., was third with 188.

Second place in the rapid fire was taken by Joe C. White, Miami border patrolman, with a score of 197. Maj. Lloyd C. Hummert of Fort Smith, Ark., was third with 196.

McMillan took second in the center fire championship behind Benner. The latter had 876 and McMillan an 866. David C. Miller, Army man from Denver, Colo., was third with 865.

The finish of the center fire national match course event was Benner with 293, Miller with 293, and Ben C. Curtis, Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., with 291.

Harry W. Reeves, Detroit policeman won the 1955 crown, slipped to 11th place. Benner did not complete last year as he was ordered to Mexico City for an Olympic game warmup with the United States team. Benner, shooting instructor at West Point, scored 2613 to beat second place William W. McMillan, U.S. Marines, of Parris Island, S. C., by 10 points. Joe C. White, transplanted Tampan now serving with the border patrol in Miami, was third with 2601.

White was runner up to Reeves last year.

Chambliss Loses Out

Another titlist tumbled in the shoot as National Champion Gertrude E. Backstrom of Hoquiam, Wash., unseated Lucille Chambliss of Winter Haven. Miss Chambliss had won the championship for five straight years.

Mrs. Backstrom, who was competing for the first time in the mid-Winter, scored 1699 as an aggregate in the matches in which she competed. Miss Chambliss was second with 1632 and Nancy J. Ellifrit, U.S. Navy, of Washington, D.C., was third with 1540.

Tampa Tribune, Friday, March 9, 1956

Sgt. Benner Again Wins Mid-Winter Pistol Title

By BOB SMITH
Tribune Sports Writer

M/Sgt. H. L. "Joe" Benner, who has won the title five times, added the sixth to his string yesterday as he won the National Mid-Winter Pistol Championship at the Tampa Police Pistol Range over a record smashing field of 500 shooters.

Tampa Tribune, Saturday, March 10, 1956

Army Blue Wins Team Shoot Title

U.S. Army Blue team turned in a top shooting performance yesterday to win the National Mid-Winter Pistol Matches at the Tampa Police Range.

The service team scored 3481 points to capture the final event on the five-day program in which a record 500 marksmen competed.

U.S. Border Patrol's Blue team took second place, scoring 3464. In third place was the U.S. Army Grey team with 3444, and U.S. Army Red team was fourth with 3432.

Tampa Tribune, Sunday, March 11, 1956

Army Instructor Wins 6th National Midwinter Pistol Title in Fla. Meet

TAMPA, Fla., March 11 (AP) - MSgt H. L. (Joe) Benner, who had previously won the title five times, added the sixth to his string yesterday in winning the National Midwinter pistol championship over a record field of 500 shooters.

Benner, pistol instructor at West Point, scored 2,613 points in the four days of competition to edge William W. McMillan, Marine from Parris Island, S.C., who had 2,603. Joe C. White, a U.S. Border Patrol member at Miami, was third with 2,601.

Harry W. Reeves, Detroit policeman who won last year, slipped to 11th place this time.

5-Time Winner Loses

Gertrude E. Backstrom, Hoquiam, Wash., defeated Lucille Chambliss, Winter Haven, Fla., five-time winner, for the women's pistol title. Mrs. Backstrom had 1,699 points and Miss Chambliss 1,632.

Other winners: .45 caliber championship, McMillan, 861; .45 caliber national match course, William C. Joyner, Border Patrol, El Paso, Texas, 292; .45 caliber slow fire, Edward J. Nelson, U.S. Navy, San Juan, P.R., 192; .45 caliber rapid fire, William T. Toney, Jr., police force, New Orleans, 195; .45 caliber times fire, Reeves, 200.

Star & Stripes, Monday, March 12, 1956

Benner Still Top Pistolman in U.S.

M-Sgt. Huelet M. Benner, the perennial "one man pistol team," again wound up America's top pistol marksman, as the 25th annual National Mid Winter Pistol Champoinships ended at Tampa, Fla., March 10.

M-Sgt. Benner took three of the nine major championships at hte matches. He won the following titles: .22 caliber center fire aggregate, the center fire aggregate, and the National Mid Winter Individual Championship.

All told, the Army won six of the nine major titles. Besides Benners three titles, the U.S. Army Team, with Benner as anchor man, won the .45 caliber team and Mid Winter Team Championships.

1st Lt. David Cartes, 11th Rep. Co., Ft. Campbell, Ky., was a member of the U.S. Army Team.

Of 26 match titles in the events, the Army took 13. Army shooters also won nearly 45 percent of the 570 individual and team awards given out during the matches with 253 soldier wins or places.

Finishing only 10 points behind M-Sgt. Benner in the individual championship race was Marine Lt. William W. McMillan, Parris Island, S. C., with a 2603 aggregate, compared to Benner's 2613 aggregate.

Benner has now won the individual championships six times — 1948, 1952, 1952, 1953, 1954 and 1955.

The Bayonet, Columbus, Ga., Thursday, March 15, 1956

Jesse E. Harpe Trophy Match Winners

Photo

(l to r) Lt. Wm W. McMillan, Jr., Winner; Jesse E. Harpe
and Donald C. Evans, High Marksman

Grand Aggregate (Individual)
Rank Competitor Service Branch/Agency .22 Caliber Center-Fire .45 Caliber Total
1st Huelet L. Benner U.S. Army
West Point, N.Y.
880 876 857 2613
2nd Wm W. McMillan, Jr. U.S. Marine Corps
Parris Island, S.C.
876 866 861 2603
3rd Joseph C. White U.S. Border Patrol
Miami, Fla.
881 863 857 2601
11th Harry W. Reeves Detroit, Mich. Police Dept - - - -
High
Reserve
E. L. Beckelhymer - - - - 2447
High
Air Force
John A. Crosby U.S. Air Force - - - 2522
High
Navy-Coast Guard
Edward J. Nelson U.S. Navy
Puerto Rico
- - - 2502
High
Civilian
James E. Clark - 877 - - 2565
High
Foreign
Leon Didiot Cuban Army - - - 2537
High
ROTC-Intercollegiate
Walter F. Norvell Texas A&M - - - 2318
1st High
Woman
Gertrude E. Backstrom Hoquiam, Wash. - - - 1699
2nd High
Woman
Lucille W. Chambliss Winter Haven, Fla. - - - 1632
3rd High
Woman
Nancy J. Ellifrit U.S. Navy
Washington, D.C.
- - - 1540
1st
Expert
Horace E. Congor U.S. Army
Ft. Benning, Ga.
- 858 - 2531
2nd
Expert
Rabon A. Vause U.S. Army 862 - - 2503
3rd
Expert
T. Sexton, Jr. U.S. Army - - - 2498
4th
Expert
J. B. Self Tampa Police - - - 2483
5th
Expert
A. J. Vissman U.S. Army - - - 2476
1st
Sharpshooter
R. H. Wieland U.S. Army Reserve
Trenton, N.J.
- - - 2417
2nd
Sharpshooter
Joseph Wraga New York Port
Authority Police
- - - 2413
3rd
Sharpshooter
A. W. Houser U.S. Marine Corps
Albany, Ga.
- - - 2394
4th
Sharpshooter
R. D. Reid U.S. Army - - - 2383
5th
Sharpshooter
Donald G. Lee - - - - 2378
1st
Marksman
Donald C. Evans U.S. Army 855 815 805 2475
2nd
Marksman
Ernest L. Reed U.S. Army - - - 2385
3rd
Marksman
Ray Kohan New York Port
Authority Police
- - - 2371
4th
Marksman
Raymond B. Kruse U.S. Navy - - - 2352
5th
Marksman
B. F. Billings - - - - 2326

(Source: Tampa Tribune & NRA Tournament News, Vol. 7, No. 4, April 1956)


Grand Aggregate (Team)
Rank Team Competitors .22 Caliber .38 Caliber .45 Caliber Total
1st U.S. Army 'Blue' D. C. Cartes, B. C. Curtis
L. Wood, H. L. Benner
L. R. Leonard (Team Captain & Coach)
1177 1150 1154 3481
2nd U.S. Border Patrol 'Blue' - - - 1137 3464
3rd U.S. Army 'Grey' - - - - 3444
4th U.S. Army 'Red' - - - - 3432
5th U.S. Border Patrol 'Gold' - - - - 3406
6th Detroit Police - - - - 3389
7th U.S. Army 'Black' - - - - 3373
8th Third Army 'Blue' - - - - 3337
9th Parris Island Marines - - - - 3334
10th Third Army 'Red' - - - - 3334

(Source: Tampa Tribune, Sunday, March 11, 1956 & NRA Tournament News, Vol. 7, No. 4, April 1956)


.45 Caliber Team Championship - Match
"Tampa Morning Tribune Trophy"
Rank Team Competitors Score
1st - - -
2nd - - -
3rd - - -

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.38 Caliber Team Championship - Match
"City of Tampa Trophy"
Rank Team Competitors Score
1st - - -
2nd - - -
3rd - - -

(Source: )


.22 Caliber Team Championship - Match
"Hav-A-Tampa Trophy Team"
Rank Team Competitors Score
1st - - -
2nd - - -
3rd - - -

(Source: )


Yankee-Rebel Team Match
Rank Team Competitors Time
1st - - -
2nd - - -

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.45 Caliber Championship - Match
Aggregate of Matches
"Jesse E. Harpe Trophy"
Rank Competitor Service Branch/Agency Total
1st Wm W. McMillan, Jr. U.S. Marine Corps
Parris Island, S.C.
861
2nd Whitman Cross, II U.S. Army
Lafayette Hill, Pa.
858
3rd Horace E. Congor U.S. Army
Fort Benning, Ga.
858
4th Joseph C. White U.S. Border Patrol
Miami, Fla.
857
5th Huelet L. Benner U.S. Army
West Point, N.Y.
857
Special
Master
Robert Ross River Edge, N.J. 822
High
Expert
Andrew L. Kelley U.S. Army 827
High
Sharpshooter
Louie Wainwright Raiford, Fla. Police 800
1st
Marksman
Donald C. Evans U.S. Army 805

(Source: Tampa Tribune, Saturday, March 10, 1956 & NRA Tournament News, Vol. 7, No. 4, April 1956)


.45 Caliber National Match Course - Match
Rank Competitor Service Branch/Agency Score
1st William C. Joyner U.S. Border Patrol
El Paso, Tex.
292
2nd Horace E. Conger U.S. Army
Fort Benning, Ga.
292
3rd Wm B. Blankenship, Jr. U.S. Army
Richlands, Va.
291

(Source: Tampa Tribune, Saturday, March 10, 1956)


.45 Caliber Slow Fire - Match
Rank Competitor Service Branch/Agency Score
1st Edward J. Nelson U.S. Navy
San Juan, Puerto Rico
192
2nd Joseph C. White U.S. Border Patrol
Miami, Fla.
190
3rd Horace E. Conger U.S. Army
Fort Benning, Ga.
190

(Source: Tampa Tribune, Saturday, March 10, 1956)


.45 Caliber Rapid Fire - Match
Rank Competitor Service Branch/Agency Score
1st William T. Toney, Jr. New Orleans, La. Police Department 195
2nd Roy I. Southerland U.S. Army
New Albany, Ind.
194
3rd Wm W. McMillan, Jr. U.S. Marine Corps
Parris Island, S.C.
193

(Source: Tampa Tribune, Saturday, March 10, 1956)


.45 Caliber Timed Fire - Match
Rank Competitor Service Branch/Agency Score
1st Harry W. Reeves Detroit, Mich. Police Department 200
2nd Presley A. O'Gren El Paso, Tex. Police Department 198
3rd Wm W. McMillan, Jr. U.S. Marine Corps
Parris Island, S.C.
198

(Source: Tampa Tribune, Saturday, March 10, 1956)


.22 Caliber/Center Fire Championship - Match
"Colt's Manufacturing Company Trophy"
Rank Competitor Service Branch/Agency Total
1st Huelet L. Benner U.S. Army
West Point, N.Y.
1756
2nd Joseph C. White U.S. Border Patrol
Miami, Fla.
1744
3rd Wm W. McMillan, Jr. U.S. Marine Corps
Parris Island, S.C.
1742

(Source: Tampa Tribune, Friday, March 9, 1956)


.38 Caliber Championship - Match
Aggregate of Matches
"Smith & Wesson Trophy"
Rank Competitor Service Branch/Agency Total
1st Huelet L. Benner U.S. Army
West Point, N.Y.
876
2nd Wm W. McMillan, Jr. U.S. Marine Corps
Parris Island, S.C.
866
3rd David C. Miller U.S. Army
Denver, Colo.
865
4th William A. Hancock U.S. Army
Fort Bliss, Tex.
865
5th Joseph C. White U.S. Border Patrol
Miami, Fla.
863
Special
Master
Roy Hogan U.S. Army 833
High
Expert
G. V. McNally Hamilton, Ohio Police 843
High
Sharpshooter
John T. Burke U.S. Army 801
High
Marksman
Donald C. Evans U.S. Army 815

(Source: Tampa Tribune, Friday, March 9, 1956 & NRA Tournament News, Vol. 7, No. 4, April 1956)


.38 Caliber National Match Course - Match
"A. E. Berdon Silver Trophy"
Rank Competitor Service Branch/Agency Score
1st Huelet L. Benner U.S. Army
West Point, N.Y.
293
2nd David C. Miller U.S. Army
Denver, Colo.
293
3rd Ben C. Curtis U.S. Army Reserve
Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.
291

(Source: Tampa Tribune, Friday, March 9, 1956)


.38 Caliber Slow Fire - Match
Rank Competitor Service Branch/Agency Score
1st Huelet L. Benner U.S. Army
West Point, N.Y.
191
2nd William A. Hancock U.S. Army
El Paso, Tex.
192
3rd Wm W. McMillan, Jr. U.S. Marine Corps
Parris Island, S.C.
188

(Source: Tampa Tribune, Friday, March 9, 1956)


.38 Caliber Rapid Fire - Match
Rank Competitor Service Branch/Agency Score
1st Alfred Hemming Civilian
Detroit, Mich.
198
2nd Joseph C. White U.S. Border Patrol
Miami, Fla.
197
3rd Lloyd C. Hummert U.S. Army
Fort Smith, Ark.
196

(Source: Tampa Tribune, Friday, March 9, 1956)


.38 Caliber Timed Fire - Match
Rank Competitor Service Branch/Agency Score
1st Huelet L. Benner U.S. Army
West Point, N.Y.
200
2nd L. R. Robinson U.S. Army
Columbus, Ga.
199
3rd Robert E. Laycock Civilian
Tampa, Fla.
199

(Source: Tampa Tribune, Friday, March 9, 1956)


.22 Caliber Championship - Match
Aggregate of Matches
"High Standard Mfg. Corp. Trophy"
Rank Competitor Service Branch/Agency Total
1st Joseph C. White U.S. Border Patrol
Miami, Fla.
881
2nd Huelet L. Benner U.S. Army
West Point, N.Y.
880
3rd Wm B. Blankenship, Jr. U.S. Army
Richlands, Va.
878
4th James E. Clark Civilian
Shreveport, La.
877
5th William W. McMillan, Jr. U.S. Marine Corps
Parris Island, S.C.
876
Special
Master
Frank Novak - 853
High
Expert
Rabon A. Vause U.S. Army 862
High
Sharpshooter
David E. Myrick U.S. Navy
Pensacola, Fla.
-
High
Marksman
Donald C. Evans U.S. Army 855
High
ROTC-Intercollegiate
R. I. Vosseller U.S. Navy Academy 851

(Source: Tampa Tribune, Thursday, March 8, 1956 & NRA Tournament News, Vol. 7, No. 4, April 1956)


.22 Caliber National Match Course - Match
"Civilian Trophy Match"
Rank Competitor Service Branch/Agency Score
1st James E. Clark Civilian
Shreveport, La.
296
2nd - - -
3rd - - -

(Source: Tampa Tribune, Thursday, March 8, 1956)


.22 Caliber Slow Fire - Match
Rank Competitor Service Branch/Agency Score
1st Maurice E. Belisle U.S. Army
Columbus, Ga.
192
2nd - - -
3rd - - -

(Source: Tampa Tribune, Thursday, March 8, 1956)


.22 Caliber Rapid Fire - Match
Rank Competitor Service Branch/Agency Score
1st Joseph C. White U.S. Border Patrol
Miami, Fla.
200
2nd - - -
3rd - - -

(Source: Tampa Tribune, Thursday, March 8, 1956)


.22 Caliber Timed Fire - Match
Rank Competitor Service Branch/Agency Score
1st James E. Clark Civilian
Shreveport, La.
200
2nd - - -
3rd - - -

(Source: Tampa Tribune, Thursday, March 8, 1956)


.22 Caliber Int'l Olympic Slow Fire - Match 4
"Bausch & Lomb Trophy"
Rank Competitor Service Branch/Agency Score
1st - - -
2nd - - -
3rd - - -

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.22 Caliber National Match Course - Match 3
"Frank L. Wyman Trophy"
Rank Competitor Service Branch/Agency Score
1st David C. Miller U.S. Army
Denver, Colo.
297
2nd Wm W. McMillan, Jr. U.S. Marine Corps
Parris Island, S.C.
296
3rd Lloyd C. Hummert U.S. Army
Fort Smith, Ark.
295

(Source: Tampa Tribune, Wednesday, March 7, 1956)


.22 Caliber Camp Perry Course - Match 2
"Lykes Brothers Trophy"
Rank Competitor Service Branch/Agency Score
1st James E. Clark Civilian
Shreveport, La.
300
2nd Aubrey E. Smith U.S. Army
Fort Polk, La.
299
3rd Wm B. Blankenship, Jr. U.S. Army
Richlands, Va.
299

(Source: Tampa Tribune, Wednesday, March 7, 1956)


.38 Caliber 25 Yards Slow Fire - Match 1
"Micro Sight Trophy"
Rank Competitor Service Branch/Agency Score
1st Lloyd C. Hummert U.S. Army
Fort Smith, Ark.
200
2nd B. H. Curnick Tampa, Fla. Police Department 200
3rd Joseph C. White U.S. Border Patrol
Miami, Fla.
200

(Source: Tampa Tribune, Wednesday, March 7, 1956)


Camp Perry Course (Any Weapon)
"Tampa Dog Track Trophy Team"
Rank Team Competitors Score
1st - - -
2nd - - -
3rd - - -

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