Thursday, January 18, 2018

Bronze for Arun in Caribbean Juniors

ARUN ROOPNARINE picked up his third under-15 bronze medal in the Caribbean Cadet & Junior Table Tennis Championships yesterday in Cuba.

Three days after losing a thriller 13-11 in the fifth set to Emmanuel Lozano when T&T were beaten by the eventual champs in the Cadet (under-15) team event, the national under-15 and 18 champ went under to the player from the Dominican Republic 11-6, 11-6, 6-11, 11-6 in the singles semi-finals.

Roopnarine began the knockout draw with a 11-5, 13-11, 11-5 triumph and then defeated another Cuban, Jorge Dominguez, 11-5, 16-14, 6-11, 11-8 to be assured of a medal.

Aaron Wilson, who had combined with Roopnarine to take doubles bronze the day before, won his first-round match in five games, but then suffered a heart-breaking 11-9, 9-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8 quarter-final defeat at the hands of Andres Beances, also of the Dominican Republic.

But Savresh Mungal, the other member of the T&T team which finished third on Thursday, lost his first match in straight games after finishing second in his group like Wilson and Roopnarine.

His younger brother Amresh was successful just once in the round-robin group stage and failed to qualify for the main draw.

This country ended the four-day tournament with three bronze medals and was not represented in either the girls' cadet competition or the junior (under-18) events.