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Sinanan strikes more CAREBACO gold

By Shammi Kowlessar

TRAVIS SINANAN captured the under-11 doubles gold medal in the Caribbean Regional Badminton Confederation (CAREBACO) Championships for the second year in succession yesterday in Jamaica.
After combining with a player from the Dominican Republic to do the trick last year in Puerto Rico, the Trinidad and Tobago player was successful with the assistance of compatriot Reece Marcano.
In a three-pair round-robin draw, the duo crushed their opponents 21-10, 21-8 and 21-1 and 21-8.
Marcano and Sinanan had assured themselves of singles medals since the day before when they reached the semifinals.
The other T&T players moving into the singles semis since Tuesday were Zion St Rose, the No. 2 seed, and Vance Juteram in the under-13 category; top seed Brandon Khillawan, Ihsaan Furlonge and Ananda Ramsingh in the under-15 division and second-seeded Kristi Reno-Singh in the under-19 category.
And yesterday Naim Mohammed, Will Lee and Jada Renales also guaranteed themselves of at least bronze medals when they reached today’s singles semis.
Ranales, seeded to win the under-17 gold medal, was made to work extremely hard to get by Jamaican Alana Bailey 19-21, 22-20, 21-19. However compatriot Brittany Mohammed failed to advance from the quarterfinals when she was beaten 21-15, 8-21, 21-11 by Shantae Singh of Jamaica.
After getting past D’Andre Thorpe of Barbados 23-21, 21-8 in the first round the night before, last year’s national under-17 champ Will Lee halted doubles partner Adrian Nicholson 21-16, 21-19 in the under-19 quarters.
Mohammed, the second-seeded national age-group champ, who had received a first-round bye along with Nicholson, edged Jamaican Kenneth Anglin 21-19, 20-20, 21-12 to reach the last four.
The semis will be contested today and T&T will also be represented by Reece Marcano and Travis Sinanan in the under-11 age-group; No. 2 seed Zion St Rose and Vance Juteram in the under-13 category; top seed Brandon Khillawan, Ihsaan Furlonge and Ananda Ramsingh in the under-15 division and second-seeded Kristi Reno-Singh in the under-19 category.
In the men’s open event, third-seeded eight-time national champ edged Kemar Valentine 21-14, 23-25, 21-17 and doubles partner Keston Friday defeated another Jamaican, Delond Miller, 21-12, 21-19 to reach the quarters.
But third-seeded Anil Seepaul was nosed out Jonathan-David Smith of Jamaica 20-22, 21-7, 21-19.
Nekeisha Blake, another five-time national champ, also went out in the first round, along with compatriots Jade Joseph and Avril Plaza Marcelle.
Barbadian Tamisha Williams came from behind to beat Blake 15-21, 21-14, 21-10, while Joseph was beaten 21-12, 21-16 by Christine Leyow-Mayne and Marcelle went under 21-15, 21-11 against another Jamaican, Geordine Henry.
Solange Guzman is a top seed and received a bye into last night’s quarters. T&T’s juniors and seniors earned silver medals when the team events concluded Sunday.
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