“This is the best I’ve played” – says David
Guyana’s highest ranked International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) player, United States-based Paul David has admitted that his sojourn in the just-concluded Caribbean Championships is the best that he has ever played in quite some time.
David, who was ranked fourth of 54 entrants in the Men’s Singles competition of the Caribbean and Regional Table Tennis Federation (CRTTF) Championships, won an individual bronze and Men’s Doubles bronze medal for Guyana in the Dominican Republic.
“This is the best I have played in years; with all the pressure I felt from critics, this is the best I have played,” David told Kaieteur Sport yesterday in a brief telephone interview from his New York base. He was not favoured to reach so far in the Singles contest.
Heading into the competition with the relatively inexperienced Nigel Bryan and inconsistent Paul Meusa, David was part of a Guyana team that did not impress in the team competition. David too was criticised as being in the twilight of his career at that level.
There was grapevine and public talk of the Guyana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) exclusion of Idi Lewis, Godfrey Munroe and Christopher Franklyn on the Men’s team, but only Franklyn of the three is currently active.
The 36-year-old David proved that he can compete with the best in the CRTTF bloc when he only dropped a semi-final game against Puerto Rico’s, Hector Morales Berrios, losing 4-2 to the eventual winner of the singles title with Berrios going on to beat Trinidad and Tobago’s well-established Dexter St. Luis 4-1 in the final.
Before losing in the semi-finals and securing a joint-bronze medal, David had beaten Dominican Republic’s Andres Betances 3-1 in the round-of-16 and Issac Vila 4-3 in the quarterfinal. He had teamed up with Bryan to also give Guyana a bronze medal.
“I want to thank Mr. (Henry, GTTA President) Greene for giving this opportunity and Colin France for encouraging me all the way. This is the furthest I have gone in the (CRTTF) Singles Championships,” David noted.
Guyana’s women secured silver in the team competition of Caribbean Championships while the seemingly effervescent France also won a silver medal in the Masters Over-50 competition of the 2012 event that concluded Sunday in the Dominican Republic. (Edison Jefford)