Table Tennis Team2While the countdown continues to Trinidad and Tobago’s three-athlete competition in the Paralympic Games starting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil tomorrow – swimmer Shantol Ince, sprinter Nyosia Caine and field athlete Akeem Stewart the medal seekers, Trinidad and Tobago closed their challenge for the team titles in the 59th Senior Caribbean Table Tennis Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic yesterday with a collection of the bronze medals by their men and women teams.

Over in Mexico, TT’s Men’s Under-23 Volleyball team made a losing start to their campaign in the Pan American Volleyball Cup championship, downed in straight sets 16-25, 20-25, 15-25 by the Dominican Republic. They look to rebound against Cuba today in the nine-nation tournament that qualifies the top three for competition in the international Volleyball federation’s Age Group World Championship.

The TT men’s table tennis top-three players David Mahabir, Yuvraaj Dookram and Arun Roopnarine combined to shut out Guyana 3-0 for their bronze take while the women’s team of Aleema Edwards, Linda Partap-Boodhan and Brittany Joseph blitzed Barbados 3-nil as well for their medals. The 38 men and 19 women players representing the eight countries turn attention to competition for doubles and singles titles from today.

trinidad table tennisTT men’s team, champions in 1980, 2009 and 2012 were fourth in last year’s competition in Martinique and their third placing this time guarantees them play in the upcoming Pan American Championships.

The men started off 3-nil winners over Curacao, continued with a similar win score versus Martinique before losing 3-nil to the Dominica Republic in the semifinal.

But they ensured that they emerged the third best team of the eight when 65-year-old Mahabir beat Nigel Bryan 11-6, 14-12, 11-7 for his team’s 1-0 lead followed by Dookram’s 14-12, 11-8, 6-11, 7-11, 11-5 tough win against Shemar Britton and Roopnarine’s splendid 7-11, 11-8, 3-11, 11-5, 11-9 last-game success over Elishaba Johnson.

Four-time women ‘s team Caribbean champions, TT were left to earn a successive third place after failing to win against both the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico in their five-nation team contest.

TT’s 12-time national singles champion Edwards beat Barbados’s Danielle Walton 11-1, 5-11, 11-4, 11-5 for her team’s 1-nil lead, then Joseph swept past Janae Lewis 11-9, 11-5, 12-10 and the seasoned Partap-Boodhan overpowered Jazel Griffith 11-2, 11-6, 11-1 for the third-place victory and qualification to the Pan American Championship.

Enrique Henry led TT with ten points in their volleyball loss in Mexico where there was also some positive play from the likes of Newton Grant, Marlon Phillip, Joel Theodore, Adriel Roberts and Nicholas Prescott.