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Chung picks up bronze in ‘Pan Am Festival’

By Shammi Kowlessar

RHEANN CHUNG captured a bronze medal yesterday in the Pan American Sport Festival Table Tennis Championships in Mexico. After stunning second-seeded Brazilian Bruna Takahashi 11-6, 8-11, 11-4, 6-11, 12-10, 12-14, 11-4 to be assured a medal. the sixth-seeded Trinidad and Tobago player was edged out 11-8, 11-7, 3-11, 11-8, 8-11, 8-11, 11-5 by No. seed Adriana Diaz of Puerto Rico.
Chung, who recently secured a bronze medal in the Latin American Cup after reaching the quarterfinals of the Latin American Championships a little while before, began the day by beating Ying Wang De of El Salvador 11-9, 11-2, 8-11, 11-7, 11-5 and then cruised past Guyana’s Trenace Lowe 11-5, 11-1, 11-5, 11-6 to set up a meeting with Takahashi in the quarterfinals.
Like Chung, her step-father Dexter St Louis had won his two matches on Saturday to reach the knockout stage. But after a bye in the first round yesterday, the defending and five-time Caribbean champ and was then beaten 11-9, 11-3, 11-5, 11-9 by Andy Pereira of Cuba in the “round of 16.”
Curtis Humphreys went down 11-4, 11-5, 11-8, 12-10 against Heber Moscoso of Guatemala in the first round after the top locally-ranked player had finished second in his group with a win from two matches the day before.
Ten-time national champ Aleena Edwards, Ashley Quashie and Caribbean under-19 runner-up Aaron Wilson failed to reached the knockout stage after losing their two matches on Saturday. After trouncing a Barbadian pair 11-5, 11-4, 11-6 in the first round of doubles, the France-based St Louis and Humphreys were eliminated 11-5, 11-4, 11-7 by a pair of Argentines in the quarters.
Chung and Quashie went out at first hurdle (“round of 16”) 9-11, 11-6, 11-8, 5-11, 11-9 against two Canadians. Both sides failed to advance to the knockout phase in the team competition. The women were beaten 3-1 by both Guatemala and Brazil, while the score was the same for the men as they went down against Canada and Dominican Republic.
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