SOLANGEL GUZMAN struck gold in commanding fashion when the curtain came down on the Caribbean Regional Badminton Confederation (CAREBACO) Championships Friday night in Jamaica.
The Trinidad and Tobago representative was seeded to go all the way and she did so without coming close to dropping a set from her three matches.
Guzman saved her best for last as she crushed Barbadian Tamisha Williams – who had conquered five-time national champion Nekeisha Blake in three sets in the first round – 21-4, 21-11 in the gold-medal match.
Kristi Reno-Singh, who had lost to Guzman in the final of the last two editions of the National Championships, had to settle for silver when the No. 2 seed was beaten 21-10, 21-10 in the under-19 final by top-seeded Jamaican Katherine Wynter.
Guzman was not the only member of the senior squad to capture a medal as Alistair Espinoza and five-time national champion Anil Seepaul ended up with a bronze medal in men’s doubles when they were edged 21-18, 21-17 in the semifinals by eventual champs Gareth Henry and Garron Palmer.
Guzman’s gold medal was the final of four for the squad as Waynette Thomas had combined with a Guyanese player to win the girls’ under-13 doubles title and T&T had captured two under-11 titles.
Reece Marcano and defending champ Travis Sinanan were crowned doubles champs and Marcano prevailed when the two squared off for the singles title on Thursday.
Thomas and Vance Juteram had to settle for silver after they were beaten in the under-13 mixed doubles final.
Juteram actually ended with three medals as he and fellow singles bronze-medallist Zion St Rose notched silver when they went down 21-10, 21-13 against Jamaicans Zane Reid and Adam Taylor in the doubles final.
Jada Renales and Brandon Khillawan finished with two silver medals each. Under-17 runner-up Renales and Ralitsa Wong lost in the doubles final and under-15 runner-up Khillawan and singles bronze-medallist Ihsaan Furlonge went under in three sets in the doubles final.
Michael Constantine and Zane Juman collected bronze in the same draw when they were beaten 21-9, 21-9 in the semis by eventual champs Joel Angus and Rhys Reid of Jamaica.
National under-15 champ Ananda Ramsingh picked up a bronze in her age-group, while Will Lee and national age-group champ Naim Mohammed notched medals of the same colour in the under-19 division.
And with Jerome Charles and Renaldo Sinanan securing bronze in under-17 doubles, T&T ended up with a grand total of 18 medals.