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Marcano strikes CAREBACO gold again

By \\\\\ Shammi Kowlessar

REECE MARCANO won his second gold medal in three days when the Caribbean Regional Badminton Confederation (CAREBACO) Championships continued yesterday in Jamaica.

After combining with compatriot Travis Sinanan to capture the doubles crown on Wednesday, the Trinidad and Tobago player got the better 21-17, 21-18 when the doubles partners squared off in the under-11 singles final.

There were just two pairs in the girls’ under-13 doubles event and national age-group champ Waynette Thomas and Abosadie Codogan of Guyana edged Barbadians Mackenzie Howard and Kayla Miller 17-21, 21-15, 21-18. But Thomas failed to secure a second gold medal when she and singles bronze medallist Vance Jeteram lost the mixed doubles final, 21-6, 21-11 against Shezelle Mctyson and Adam Taylor of Jamaica.

Jada Renales and Brandon Khillawan were seeded to win singles gold for T&T, but they were beaten in titles matches yesterday and were also forced to settle for silver medals in doubles.

Esther Reynolds beat Renales 21-15, 21-19 in the under-17 final, while Khillawan lost 21-13, 21-13 against another Jamaican, Joel Angus, in the under-15 final.

Khillawan and bronze medallist Ihsaan Furlonge won the first set in the doubles final, but Angus and Rhys Reid battled back to prevail 16-21, 21-10, 21-10. Reynolds and Alana Bailey were 21-16, 21-14 winners over Renales and last year’s national under-15 champ Ralitsa Wong in the under-17 doubles final.

Kristi Reno-Singh and Solange Guzman, a Cuban who has been residing here for four years and is in the process of becoming a citizen, played for gold medals after press time last night. Two-time defending national under-19 champ Reno-Singh reached her age-group final with a 21-17, 21-17 triumph over Jamaican Jade Clarke.

And the top-seeded Guzman, who defeated Reno-Singh in the final of the last two editions of the National Championships, whipped Geordine Henry of Jamaica 21-14, 21-13 in the women’s singles semis. T&T’s juniors and seniors earned silver medals when the team events concluded Sunday.

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