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De Gannes bags Latin ping-pong bronze
Twelve-year-old Jasher De Gannes continued her impressive season on the table-tennis board when she earned a bronze medal in the Under-13 Girls singles at the eighth Latin American Table Tennis Championships, which ended in Guatemala City, Guatemala on Monday.
De Gannes, a member of the senior women’s team which won a fourth Caribbean title in St Lucia two months ago and also paired with France-based Rheann Chung for women’s doubles silver, got bronze after going under to Ecuador’s Nathaly Paredes 7-11, 7-11, 3-11 in their semifinal.
The reigning Caribbean U-13 champion, De Gannes of Tobago had earlier ended second in her three-player group behind Puerto Rican Lineris Rivera.
This after De Gannes was beaten by Rivera 5-11, 3-11, 11-9, 3-11 before she rebounded to beat Chile’s Constanza Layola 11-8, 9-11, 11-7, 11-8.
She then earned a round of 32 bye and followed it up by beating Mexico’s Paola Sarahi Molina 11-4, 11-5, 11-9 in the last-16 and Peru’s Emily Romero 17-15, 12-10, 11-6 in the quarterfinal before her semifinal demise.
In August, De Gannes led T&T to 18 medals at the eighth Caribbean Regional Table Tennis Federation Pre-Cadet Championship at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, Georgetown, Guyana.
De Gannes steered the U-13 girls, which also included Shanekah Johnson, Ray J Thomas, Chelsea Fong, to the team title and then won gold in the mixed doubles with Joshua Maxwell, as well as the girls doubles with Johnson, and the singles crown.
T&T’s other entrant Johnson did not get out of her round-robin group after losing to Mexico’s Maira Vega (0-3), El Salvadorean Karen Constanza (0-3) and Guatemala Sofia Reyes (1-3).
In the U-13 boys competition, the local duo of Jakeem Welch and Maxwell both struggled and ended with 0-3 records in their four player pools.
Welch was beaten by Puerto Rico’s Francisco Matias (0-3), Chile’s Sebastien Villagra (1-3) and host player Diego Castellanos (1-3).
The Under-11 quartet of Derron Douglas, Messiah Walcott, Ackayla Lucas and Shurja Welch also failed to get past the round-robin hurdle of their respective groups.
Douglas was stopped in his matches by Mexico’s Dario Arce Reza (0-3), El Salvador’s Mateo Martinez (1-3) and Ecuadorean Robinson Paredes (1-3) while Walcott, the Caribbean U-11 champion was blanked 0-3 by Brazil’s Andre Murchie and then took Puerto Rican Jahasile Diaz to five sets (2-3), before he defeated Guatemala’s Diego De La Cruz 12-10, 11-6, 14-12.
Lucas fell to Peru’s Daniela Chavez (0-3) and Guatemala’s Angela Palomo (0-3) but put up much more of a fight before losing to Puerto Rico’s Dayana Castro 9-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-9, 8-11 while Welch also dropped two matches without winning a set versus Brazil’s Karin Tsumura and Peru’s Teresa Chan Wong, before a 1-3 loss to home town player, Mercedez Mendizabal.
In the U-13 Boys doubles, Welch and Johnson were ousted by Chile’s Nicolas Burgos and Hermes Carrasco 4-11, 11-8, 6-11, 5-11 while in the girls equivalent De Gannes and Johnson (S) were halted by Mexico’s Jessica Cuellar and Melissa Lisette Rivera 12-10, 2-11, 2-11, 4-11.
And in the U-11 age-group, Douglas and Walcott were upended by Panama’s Fernando Morales and Jacobo Vahnish 9-11, 7-11, 11-7, 9-11, and the girls duo of Lucas and Welch fought valiantly in a 3-11, 3-11, 12-10, 12-10, 10-12 loss to Peru’s Chang Wong and Erika Cisneros.
The U-13 mixed doubles saw Welch and Johnson (S) losing to Peru’s Francisco Matias and Lineris Rivera 5-11, 7-11, 2-11, and Maxwell and De Gannes, to Mexico’s Pablo Gastelum and Paola Molina 6-11, 8-11, 9-11
In the U-11 mixed doubles, Douglas and Welch were booted by Peru’s Fabricio Merino and Daniel Enriquez 7-11, 5-11, 7-11 while Walcott and Lucas bowed out to Mexicans Sergiosebasti Cano and Diana Navarrete 9-11, 9-11, 8-11
On Thursday’s opening day of the tournament, the locals team did not get among the medals. The U-13 Boys team comprising Maxwell and Welch were beaten 3-0 in all their pool matches against Chile ‘A’, Peru ‘B’ and Mexico ‘B’ while the girls squad of De Gannes and Johnson (S) fell to Brazil 0-3 and Guatemala ‘A’, 2-3 and in the U-11s Douglas and Walcott were blanked by Brazil and Chile ‘B’, both 0-3 and then 1-3 by El Salvador while the girls duo of Welch and Lucas were humbled by Guatemala ‘A’ and Peru ‘B’ by similar 0-3 margins, and also 1-3 by Ecuador.
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