RHEANN CHUNG and her stepfather Dexter St Louis were crowned mixed doubles champions for a seventh time when the Caribbean Table Tennis Championships continued Thursday in St Lucia.
The title came the day after Chung led Trinidad and Tobago to the women’s team title and St Louis and compatriots Curtis Humphreys and Canada-based 62-year-old national champion Davis Mahabir had been edged 3-2 by the Dominican Republic for the men’s gold.
But defending and five-time singles champion Chung was forced to settle for silver in doubles, while 45-year-old four-time singles champ St Louis picked up a bronze medal.
After comfortably winning two matches in three straight games following a first-round bye to be assured of a medal, St Louis and Chung defeated Emil Santos and Lineth Vila 11-9, 6-11, 11-4, 11-5 to reach the title match.
The top-seeded France-based players then came up against another pair from the Dominican Republic, Juan Vila Batista and Caribbean Under-21 champ Eva Brito, and defeated the No. 2 seeds 13-11, 13-11, 9-11, 11-2.
The 27-year-old Chung and Caribbean Under-13 champ Jasher De Gannes won two matches before falling at the final hurdle of doubles 11-6, 14-12, 11-7 against 2009 Caribbean under-21 champ Trenace Lowe and ’10 Caribbean under-15 champ Chelsea Edghill of Guyana.
In men’s doubles, the left-handed St Louis and last year’s national champ Humphreys were seeded second but after winning two matches in straight games they squandered a two-game lead and were beaten 6-11, 7-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-8 by Issac Vila and Samuel Galvez of Dominican Republic in the semis.
Humphreys’ younger brother Alaric and 15-year-old Arun Roopnarine were also assured of a medal when they stunned Farley brothers, Kevin and former Caribbean champ Trevor, of Barbados 11-9, 5-11, 11-6, 5-11, 11-9.
But they had to settle for bronze as they then went down 11-8, 11-9, 11-6 to top seeds and eventual champs Vila Batista and Santos in the semis.
Aleena Edwards and Linda Partap-Boodhan, who had both combined with Chung to snatch team gold, lost in the first round of doubles and Partap-Boodhan and the left-handed Alaric were also eliminated at the first hurdle in mixed doubles.
Ten-time national champ Edwards and Curtis made it to the second round of mixed doubles, along with De Gannes and Roopnarine.
The tournament concludes today with the singles finals.