Oct 10, 2010 Sports Comments Off on Guyana Table Tennis team advance
– Rifle shooters still in the hunt
The Guyana national men’s table tennis team participating at the Commonwealth Games in Pune, India reached the top twelve stage of the competition.
They join Sri Lanka, Wales, Scotland, Canada, Malaysia, South Africa, Nigeria, Singapore, England, India and Australia.
In Group Two, Guyana snuck through to the next round, bouncing back from their defeat to India on Tuesday, dishing out a 3-0 thrashing to Vanuatu.
Grouped with 2006 bronze medalist and Asian powerhouse, India, Vanuatu and Dominica, the team advance to the round of 12 by virtue of points gained from Dominica and Vanuatu who they defeated by a 3-0 margins.
Their only loss came against India in a spirited performance. The teams have been drawn into six groups, with Singapore, India, England, Nigeria, Australia and Canada top seeds in each group with the top two teams advancing to the next round.
Idi Lewis, Christopher Franklin and Paul David were the feature players in that stage of the competition. The match against India was televised live across India, Europe and Asia. The Guyanese will play Wales next for a spot in the quarterfinals. “We hope to influence our country by delivering some worthwhile performances. Table Tennis has recently grown, but it lacks good popularity and the exposure that can make it bigger. Our country possesses some really commendable players,” Lewis told an Indian newspaper.
He said that he knows the team has a lot of backing in Guyana and it will be really good if they can reach the quarterfinals to give everyone another chance to cheer following Aliann Pompey’s bronze medal performance on Friday in the 400m. Meanwhile, Dexter Jordan lost his quarterfinal fight at these games yesterday. He went down by a 8-0 decision to Kenya’s Benson Njangiru and his impressive knockout for the fighter from Lesotho.
According to reports, Jordan had to be taken to the hospital for a CT Scan on his left hand after the bout, which was eventually put in a strap. This was a precaution after a chipped bone in the hand was discovered. He had indicated that the hand was affecting him during the fight.
And the Rifle shooters got into action with competition in the Pairs event at 300yards. Mahendra Persaud and Ransford Goodluck placed 13th along with Kenya. Persaud shot 48 points with 5 V-bulls, while Goodluck shot a similar amount of points but with 3 V-bulls.
Trinidad and Tobago is the highest placed Caribbean team at 9th with Justin Lall (50-6) and veteran Norris Gomez (48-3) shooting well.
South Africa, Scotland and Guemsey are the top three. More action is set for today over 500yards and the Guyana pair will look to make ground as they hunt for medals.
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