JASHER DE GANNES and Joshua Maxwell were in sparkling form as Trinidad and Tobago players picked up three golds, two silver and three bronze medals when the doubles events of the Caribbean Pre-Cadet Table Tennis Championships concluded on Monday night in Guyana.
Gold medals in under-13 girls’ and mixed doubles were guaranteed when two pairs from this country reached the title matches.
Top seeds Maxwell and De Gannes had won two matches after a bye to reach the final, and then prevented Jakeem Welch and Shanekah Johnson from winning their fourth with an 11-7, 11-8, 11-13, 11-7 victory.
T&T also picked up a bronze medal in this event as Roberto Johnson and Cheslea Fong won two matches before going down to the Welch and Johnson 8-11, 11-3, 11-7, 12-10 in the semi-finals.
Brandon Beharry and Ray J Thomas won a match, but were then eliminated in the quarter-finals.
Thomas and Fong upset the No. 2 seeds from Barbados in three straight games in the girls’ semis, but were no match for the top seeds in the title match and De Gannes and Shanekah Johnson cruised home 11-1, 11-5, 11-7.
Maxwell secured his second gold when he combined with Welch to edge Miguel Wong and Jeremy Singh of Guyana 7-11, 11-3, 11-8, 8-11, 12-10 in the doubles final. They were seeded first and second, respectively, and both pairs had already won two matches.
Beharry and Roberto Johnson won their first match, but then went out in the quarters.
The T&T pairs of Ackayla Lucas and Shurjah Welch and Shreya Maharaj and Shyana Samnarine picked up the bronze medals in the girls’ under-11 draw.
Brandon Lee Young and Welch were seeded to win the mixed doubles title, but they lost in the quarters. Lucas and Derron Douglas also went on the quarters after a bye and Samnarine and Aaron Amoroso were beaten in the first round by the eventual champs from the Dominican Republic.
T&T had struck gold in three of the four team events—boys’ and girls’ under-13 and boys’ under-11 —and picked up silver in the girls’ under-11 category when the team competition was contested Sunday.
The tournament concluded yesterday with singles.