Yesterday, National Badminton men’s Champion Narayan Ramdhani made light work of St. Helena’s Vernon Smeed 21-6, 21-8 to win the three-game match in two sets to advance to the round-of-32 in the event at the XXI Commonwealth games being held in the Gold Coast, Australia. Ramdhani’s performance was one of the only positives for the Golden Arrowhead’s overall disappointing show yesterday.
On the Badminton courts, female Doubles team of Taylor Fernandes and Mary Fung-A-Fat lost 2-0 to Canadian Duo of Samantha Cornett and Nikki Todd in Pool D. Taylor Fernandes and Sunil Seth also suffered a similar 2-0 loss in the Mixed Doubles Pool D, while the pair of Mary Fung-A-Fat and Jason Khalil also lost 2-0.
On the track, Guyana’s representative and South America champion, Winston George, failed to get past his first heat in the men’s 200m, finishing fourth coming out of lane three with a time of 21.19 seconds. It was another disappointing performance for George who failed to make the 400m finals after clocking 47.25 in the semifinal of that event.
In the field events, Guyana’s female triple jump duo consisting of siblings, Natricia and Natrena Hooper, finished eighth and 11th respectively in that event’s final. Natricia leaped a personal best distance of 13.36m, while Natrena recorded a season best 12.62m, both of which were off Gold medalist, Jamaican Kimberly Williams’ top distance of 14.64m.
In the men’s Long Jump, Emmanuel Archibald finished ninth in the men’s qualifying round Group B with a best leap of 7.24m which unfortunately wasn’t good enough to see him qualify for the event’s final. Australian Henry Frayne was outstanding to win Group B after recording a games record of 8.34m.
On the previous day, Keeve Allicock, the 2017 Junior Commonwealth Games silver medalist, suffered a heart-breaking controversial defeat to 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Reece McFadden of Scotland.
Much was expected of Allicock ahead of the games, and the 18-year-old from Albouystown lived up to those expectations, only to have his hopes of reaching the quarter-final of the 52kg class snatched by some obvious dubious judging.
Fijian Judge Seru Whippy scored the fight 29-28 for Allicock, giving the Guyanese fighter two of the three rounds, but the other four judges scoring in similar fashion for the Scottish boxer, though he was outpunched.
Allicock’s defeat ended Guyana’s campaign in the ring since the other fighter, Colin Lewis (light welterweight), was knocked out of the competition in a controversial manner as well, after winning his opening fight.
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