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Bronze in squash

Sherrylyn A. Toppin

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THE Barbados squash contingent at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Bogota, Colombia, wrapped up competition with a bronze medal in the women’s team event yesterday to take the country’s medal tally to six – two of each colour.Already guaranteed a bronze after defeating Trinidad and Tobago 3-0 on Friday, the girls came up against a much stronger Colombia team, but gave it their all before succumbing. Both Meakins and Cheri-Ann Parris went to the limit before losing 3-2, while Lilianna White won her match by walkover.The men were kept out of medal position, losing 2-1 to Jamaica. Current Caribbean champion Christopher Binnie beat Shawn Simpson 3-0 and in the clash of former champions, Jamaica’s James Bullock downed Gavin Cumberbatch 3-2. Mark Sealy won his match 3-1 to end the competition.Boxing has traditionally done well at this level, and back in Puerto Rico, two of the three boxers advanced to the semi-finals following bouts late on Friday night. In the 60kg class, Omar Ward won 12-5 on points against Nicaragua’s José Kuant. Ward took an insurmountable 7-1 lead in the first round, and was up 11-4 after the second.Bermuda’s Ja’Nos Lindsay was unfortunate to come up against Anderson Emmanuel. Three minutes into the second round of their heavyweight bout, the referee stopped the contest. In the other match, Ronald Als was on the losing end of a 13-0 points decision against Bahamian Carl Hield.The women’s hockey team surrendered the lead, and had to settle for a 1-1 draw in pool play by Guyana, and in the Prix St George equestrian class Akoele Roachford reached the final eight.However, many of the other competitors continue to struggle. In beach volleyball, Mona Crawford and Anthazia Mason lost their second consecutive match, 21-16, 21-10, to Guatemala.Neither Barry Forde nor Christian Lyte advanced to the medal rounds of the men’s match sprint.Triathlon Forde was seventh and Lyte fifth in the middle rounds of the competition, and neither Jason Forde nor Jason Perryman completed the distance race.Jason Wilson finished tenth in the Olympic distance triathlon and Matthew Wright 14th; while in karate, Curtis Cummins lost his bout and later the repechage.The shooters came up short in both the team and individual men’s 25m centre fire pistol disciplines. Junior Benskin (543), Chester Foster (527) and Ronald Sargeant (518) all finished down the line in the individual competition and were eighth with a combined score of 1 588. Geoffrey Bynoe was 14th in skeet with a score of 65.Several sailors were also in action yesterday, but official results were not available.