Latchman, Sitram shine in ‘Caroni’ tourney
GYSHAN LATCHMAN, Renuka Sitram and Jude Charransingh shared the spotlight in the recent Caroni Zone Table Tennis Tournament at Central Regional Indoor Sports Arena, Chaguanas.
The two national junior players contested the two major female finals in the fifth annual tournament and walked away with one title apiece.
Sitram, who competed sparingly this year after being one of the leading Under-18 players in the country in the last few years, defeated Latchman 11-9, 11-7 for the Under-21 crown.
However the 15-year-old turned the tables on her Cunupia Crew teammate in the women’s open when she won the best-of-five final 11-8, 6-121, 11-5, 11-6.
Latchman brushed aside another national junior player and “Crew” teammate, Shannon Watson 11-3, 11-6 in the Under-21 semi-finals, but was forced to come from a game down to prevail 7-11, 11-5, 11-6 when they squared off for a place in the women’s final.
Sitram halted Kareema Ali, also of Cunupia Crew, 11-9, 11-4 in the Under-21 semis and Arlene Joseph of Enterprise Youths 11-4, 11-6 in the women’s semis.
Joseph went on to capture the women’s veterans’ (over 35) crown, from Waneda Caliph, Patricia Granderson and Zoida Caliph-Ali, respectively.
Shiraz Ali came from a game down twice to edge Issa Mohammed 9-11, 12-10, 7-11, 15-13, 11-6 for the men’s singles title.
The winner and runner-up combined with Sayyd Baksh to secure the team open title for Montrose Youths. Enterprise Youths, Cunupia Crew and Central Youths finished second, third and fourth, respectively.
Jude Charrannsingh ended up with two singles titles as the Enterprise Youths’ player defeated Alan Dookie 11-9, 7-11, 11-6 in the B class final and Adeeb Rajab in the Under-21 final.
Renesh Bochoon of Vishnu Boys College was crowned boys’ under-13 champ and he also finished third in the under-16 category. This title was won by school mate Dawson Shanklin, who had placed fourth in the Under-13 event.
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