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First Pan Am medal likely

Justin Marville

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Haydn Lewis and Darian King might’ve served up Barbados’ first Pan Am medal.
The country’s top two tennis players were slated to contest the bronze medal match last night following their stunning run to the semi-finals of the men’s doubles’ main draw at the 16th Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.
A win over the fourth-seeded American pair of Nicholas Monroe and Greg Ouellette would give Barbados its first ever tennis medal at this level and equal the aquamarine and gold’s overall tally four years ago at the Brazil games.
It would also be anything but a surprise to coach/manager Kevin Yarde, who foresaw the pair’s success some two weeks before the games even started.
But few could’ve predicted Lewis and King’s shocking tournament run after the Bajan duo were drawn against Mexico’s third-seeded pair of Santiago Gonzalez and Daniel Garza in the first round.
However, the Bajans downed their heavily-favoured counterparts in three sets before going on to stun double Olympic gold medallist Nicolas Massu and his Chilean partner Jorge Aguilar in the quarters.
The run eventually came to an end against Ecuador’s Julio Cesar Campozano and Roberto Andres Quiroz in a heart-breaking 3-6, 6-1, [10-12] super tiebreak loss during Friday night’s semi-final round.
In shooting, Olympic Games veteran Michael Maskell just missed out on a medal after finishing fourth in the men’s skeet with a total of 141 – one behind Cuba’s bronze medal winner Juan Miguel Rodriguez.
American Vincent Hancock (147) copped the gold while Guillermo Torres (145) of Cuba was second.
Maskell actually ended up in a three-way tie with Puerto Rican Luis Bermudez and Javier Rodriguez of Mexico, who all finished with a tally of 141.
The men’s hockey team slumped to their second successive heavy defeat in as many games yesterday after losing 11-1 to regional rivals Trinidad in their preliminary Group ‘A’ encounter.
Kris Holder provided Barbados’ lone measure of consolation in the ninth minute, but that was after the Trinis had already slotted home two goals.
And the carnage was far from over, as Trinidad added another three in the first half before scoring six more unanswered to close the contest. This was after Barbados were on the wrong end of a 9-1 thrashing at the hands of Chile earlier this week.
Their female counterparts had a better time of it against the twin-island republic on Friday though, beating Trinidad’s women 4-2 behind goals from Cher King, captain Dionne Clarke, Charlia Warner and Maria Sealy.
In cycling, national road race champ Darren Matthews finished a commendable 15th out of 53 riders after completing the men’s road race in three hours and 45.04 seconds – just five seconds off eventual winner Marc De Maar of the Netherlands Antilles.
The race actually came down to a thrilling sprint finish between De Maar and Venezuela’s Miguel Ubeto, with both posting identical times of 3.40:53.
Cuba’s Arnold Alcolea was third after being involved in a similar close finish by crossing the line with a similar 3.41:48 clocking with two other riders – Arnold Olavarria of Chile and Colombia’s Juan Arango.