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Belize wins gold in C.A. table tennis singles championships

sBelizean Eric Stamp won a gold medal in the over-65 age division, when Belize Table Tennis Association hosted the 15th Central American table tennis masters championships at the Belize Elementary School auditorium on Saturday and Sunday, September 14-15.

Hector Lopez and Davis Huang each won a bronze medal in the individual singles competition in the 60-64 age division.

Some 68 players began the individual competition on Sunday which began with round-robin competition in each age division with the first two players of each group advancing to knock-out finals.

Eleven players in three groups contested the 30-39 division, in which Carlos Velasquez of Costa Rica emerged as the gold medal champion with Amilcar Alvarado of Panama winning the silver. Salvadorans Roberto Landaverde and Ricardo Sosa shared the bronze.

Mexican Sergio Blanco won the gold medal championship in the 40-49 age division over his countryman, Jose Arce, who had to settle for the silver. They had advanced out of a field of 17 players competing in five groups.  Mexican Orlando Solis won bronze, sharing third place with the other semifinalist, Jose Wu Dahua of Costa Rica.

s2Jose Ramos of El Salvador won gold in the 50-59 age division over Mexican Lee Harper, who won the silver. Luis Salazar of El Salvador and Carlos Mendez of Mexico also emerged as semifinalists from a field of 22 players who competed in seven groups, they shared the bronze for third place.

Gerardo Villagra of Costa Rica won gold in the 60-64 age division over Daniel Sosa of El Salvador who took the silver. Hector Lopez and Davis Huang of Belize also emerged as semifinalists from a field of nine players competing in three groups, they shared the bronze.

Eric Stamp won Belize’s first gold medal in the over-65 division over  – Herberth Zamora of Costa Rica. Alberto Retana of Costa Rica and Alfredo Siguenza of El Salvador also emerged as semifinalists from a field of nine players competing in three groups.

Veteran tennis champions Owen “Sonny” Meighan and Edward “Billy” Musa Sr were on hand to present the medals and trophies, doing the honors along with BTTA vice president Jorge Espat; Sergio Blanco, president of the Central American Table Tennis Federation; Leonel Aguilar and Luis Salazar of  the Central American Table Tennis Federation.

In the final medal count, Costa Rica emerged as the overall winner with 11 Medals, while El Salvador was second with nine medals.

Mexico was third, winning eight medals and Belize was fourth with six medals.

Guatemala was fifth with one medal in the team competition, while Panama was sixth with one medal in the individual competition.

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