JASHER DE GANNES captured her fourth gold medal as Trinidad and Tobago ended the Caribbean Pre-Cadet Table Tennis Championships with eight in Guyana on Wednesday night.
De Gannes, who will be on the senior team for the Caribbean Championships in two weeks time in St Lucia, beat two of her teammates en route to the under-13 final, and then disposed of Ideisa Baez of the Dominican Republic 13-11, 11-9, 11-7.
The Tobagonian had brushed aside Ray J Thomas 11-7, 11-5, 11-7 in the quarter-finals, but then stumbled with a two-game lead before recovering to put away bronze medallist Chelsea Fong 11-6, 11-7, 9-11, 11-4.
Shanekah Johnson, who had combined with De Gannes for doubles gold a couple days earlier, was beaten in the quarters 14-12, 11-8, 11-9 by Kristie Lopes of Guyana.
De Gannes, Johnson, Thomas and Fong had won the team title on Sunday night, and De Gannes’ other gold medal came with the assistance of Joshua Maxwell in mixed doubles.
Maxwell was also going after his fourth gold on Wednesday night, but he was comfortably beaten 11-6, 11-8, 11-3 in the quarters by Jesus Lozano, and the player from the Dominican Republic eventually ended up with the silver medal.
Jakeem Welch, who won doubles gold alongside Maxwell and combined with his doubles partner, Brandon Beharry and Roberto Johnson to take the team title, went out in the quarters 11-3, 4-11, 12-10, 11-9 against eventual champ Marcus Smith after an 11-3, 11-6, 11-7 first-round triumph over Jeremy Singh of Guyana.
Beharry also lost in four games to a Bajan in the quarters (11-6, 11-9, 3-11, 11-8 against Ramon Jackman) after trouncing Claude Jean Hoek of Aruba 11-3, 11-5, 11-4. Johnson had failed to make the main draw the night before.
T&T second gold on the final night of the tournament came in the under-11 division when Messiah Walcott came from two games down to stun top-seeded compatriot Brandon Lee Young 7-11, 9-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-9.
Lee Young had won two matches in straight games after a bye to reach the title match, but Walcott had to work really hard as he needed five games in the quarters and four in the semis
Compatriot Derron Douglas defeated Kaysan Ninvalle 11-4, 11-9, 11-13, 11-2 in the first round before he was edged out 12-10, 11-9, 7-11, 8-11, 11-6 by another Guyanese, Tyriq Saunders, in the quarters.
Lee Young, Walcott, Douglas and Aaron Amoroso had won gold in the team event on Sunday night.
In the girls’ equivalent draw, Ackayla Lucas whipped Mikayla Mithilda of Aruba 11-6, 11-5, 11-8 to book a place in the semis and be assured of a medal. But she was then beaten 13-11, 11-3, 11-8 by eventual silver medallist Selinas Jackman of Guyana.
Abigail Martin of Guyana beat Shurjah Welch 11-8, 6-11, 12-10, 12-10 in the first round.
Lucas, Welch, Shreya Maharaj and Shyana Samnarine had picked up the silver medal in the team competition on Sunday night.