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Breedy loses close battle

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Breedy loses close battle

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Barbados fell one step short of earning a second medal on Day 7 of competition as the  XX Commonwealth Games continued in Glasgow, Scotland, yesterday.
Shane Brathwaite’s bronze in the  men’s 110-metre hurdles has been the highlight of the games so far and boxer Cobia Breedy could have sparked even more intense celebrations had he been able to overcome Trinidadian Michael Alexander in the  men’s light 60kg quarter-final clash at the SECC Hall.
It was a hard-fought bout though Alexander earned a unanimous points decision with each of the three judges scoring it 30-27 in his favour.
Alexander, the Caribbean Amateur Boxing Association’s 2007 junior boxer of the year is now assured of at least a bronze medal ahead of his semi-final encounter.
The day was equally frustrating for the Bajan table tennis players, none of whom advanced from the group stages of the men’s and women’s singles, despite a couple of sterling performances.
Three of the six players pulled off wins to finish second in their group but only the group winners advanced. Women’s team captain Krystle Harvey played brilliantly to beat the group’s top seed Aleena Edwards  of Trinidad. Edwards had earlier  beaten Kelsey le Maistre of Jersey 4-1 but Harvey went under to le Maistre by the identical scoreline.
Harvey would have needed to win against Edwards 4-1 to have at least a chance of advancing but fell short by winning 4-2.
Kevin Farley opened his group exchanges with a convincing 4-0 win over Michael Otieno of Kenya but just failed to do enough to overcome Trinidadian professional  Dexter St Louis in a thrilling seven-game set that St Louis won 18-16, 7-11, 8-11, 12-10, 11-8, 11-8.
Player/coach Trevor Farley  outplayed Jamaican Christopher Marsh to triumph 4-0 but then wasted significant leads to lose to Australian Kane Townsend in straight games.
Mark Dowell wasted a 3-0 lead against Godfrey Sultan of Seychelles to lose 4-3 while Sherrice Felix and Anthonette Riley lost both group matches despite being involved in compelling contests.
The Bajans will now look forward to competing in the mixed doubles, men’s doubles and women’s doubles over the next two days. (MK/PR)