TRINIDAD and Tobago picked up a gold medal and were assured of another when the Caribbean Badminton Championships (CAREBACO) continued Wednesday in Puerto Rico.
Travis Sinanan combined with Edison Paulino of the Dominican Republic to win all three matches in a round-robin draw for the under-11 doubles title.
Marcus Alfonzo and Stephon Butcher finished third of the four pairs to secure bronze, but national age-group champ Butcher is certain of at least silver in singles as he defeated a Barbadian in straight sets to reach the final. Alfonzo and Sinanan both lost in the first round.
Two T&T players were certain to join Sinanan with gold medals yesterday as all four finalists in the boys’ under-13 doubles draw hail from this country.
In Wednesday’s semis, Vance Juteram and Adivesh Marajh came from a set down to edge a pair of Barbadians, while Leon Cassie and Michael Constantine also needed three to get past two Puerto Ricans.
Cassie could end up with two titles as the national age-group champ and Priyanna Ramdhani of Guyana defeated Constantine and his Barbadian partner in two close sets to reach the mixed doubles final.
However, the 2011 under-11 gold medallist was forced to settle for bronze in singles when he lost in straight sets to a player from Suriname.
Marajh had lost to the same player in the quarterfinals, while Juteram and Constantine went out in the first round.
After winning twice in straight sets, Jada Renales was forced to settle for a bronze medal in her category when the national under-17 champ was beaten in three sets by Arisleyda Frias Del Orbe.
In the round before, the player from the Dominican Republic had crushed Tiffany Rampersad, whose twin sister Tanya also lost in the quarters.
The twins received a bye to be assured of a medal in doubles, but the colour was bronze when they were outclassed by a pair from Suriname. Renales and Brittney Mohammed, who lost in the first round in singles, lost their first doubles match in straight sets.
National under-17 champ Will Lee reached the quarters in that age-group, but Vikash Marajh lost in the second round, and Adrian Nicholson, the first.
After a first round bye, Nicholson and Lee went out in the quarters in doubles, while all three T&T pairs--Marajh/Tiffany, Nicholson/Mohammed and Lee/Renales--went out at the same stage in mixed doubles.
Nirad Ramlal won twice before the national under-15 champ was sent packing in the under-15 quarters, while Aleem Ali departed in the second round.
However they picked up a bronze medal in doubles when they won their opening match in straight sets before losing in straight sets to a Puerto Rican pair.
Ali combined with Ralitsa Wong and Ramlal with Ananda Ramsingh, and both pairs lost in the quarters in mixed doubles.
National age-group champ, Wong reached the quarters in singles, while Ramsingh lost in the first round. They finished last of four pairs in a round-robin doubles draw.