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Five Bajans in with medal chance

BEA DOTTIN, [email protected]

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Five Barbadians?remained in contention when the singles events of the Caribbean Regional Table Tennis Federation Championships continued in Guyana on Tuesday night.
Ramon Jackman and Marcus Smith both qualified for the quarter-finals of the Boys’ Under-13 while Ronico Sealy and Asaba Moore were scheduled to meet in the quarter-finals of the Boys’ Under-11.
The other Barbados player to reach the last eight was Jazel Griffith, who finished in second position of the Girls’ Under-13, during the group exchanges.
Jackman advanced from group seven and then took out Jeandry Matilda of Aruba in the round of 16, 12-10, 7-11, 11-3, 11-8. Smith comfortably won Group 3 without dropping a game and then brushed aside Vicente Henery in the first round of the main draw 11-6, 11-2, 11-1. Zari Hinds and Adam King both failed to advance from the group stage.
In the Under-13 girls’ event, Griffith qualified for the knockout phase after finishing second in Group 2 where she beat Simran Bissu of Guyana 3-1 but was defeated by Shanekah Johnson of Trinidad and Tobago 1-3.
Kenady King and Janae Lewis both failed to advance from the group stage as did Kaleah Martyr from the group exchanges in the Under-11 girls’event.
Barbados have already secured three medals in the tournament. Over the weekend the youngsters captured silver in the Under-13 girls’ team event and bronze in the Boys’ Under-13. On Monday, Smith and Griffith secured bronze in the Under-13 mixed doubles.
Following a first round bye, the pair overcame the Trinidadian duo of Brandon Beharry and Ray Thomas 15-13, 11-5, 11-4 to advance to the semi-finals. They succumbed 1-3 to another set of Trinidadians, Joshua Maxwell and Jasher DeGannes, but losing semi-finalists are awarded bronze medals.
Maxwell and DeGannes went on to win the mixed doubles title defeating fellow Trinidadians Jakeem Welch and Shanekah Johnson in the final 8-11, 11-3, 11-7, 12-10.
The two other Barbadian Under-13 pairs, Jackman and Lewis, as well as Adam King and Kenady King, did not advance from the first round.
In the Under-11 mixed doubles, Ramon Maxwell and Kaleah Martyr went out at the quarter-final stage, going under to eventual gold medal winners Jesus Lozano and Idelsa Baez, of the Dominican Republic, at seven, three and two. (PH)

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