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Table tennis: Youth Olympic qualifier final today

Friday May 30, 2014 Written by Published in Other Sports
A doubles team from Sweden are ready to receive the serve. 14052715 A doubles team from Sweden are ready to receive the serve. 14052715

Success on the table tennis table is being shared by all teams competing in this week’s Cook Islands Junior and Cadet Open tournament at the Telecom Sports Arena in Nikao.

Top junior table tennis players from across the region and globe have been putting their best skills to the test in a number of events being run together at the tournament.

From across the region, under 18 players from Fiji, Kiribati, New Caledonia, Cook Islands, New Zealand and Australia are battling for top honours and are joined by talents from Russia, Sweden and Denmark.

In table tennis, junior players are under 18, cadets are under 15 and hopes are under 12 players.

In the junior and cadet open tournament, a global junior circuit event, New Zealand were crowned champions in the girls division through the week and Sweden took out the boys’ event.

In the cadet team events, New Caledonia was the champion in the girls’ event, and Sweden was the champion in the boys’ event.

The Cook Islands claimed a bronze medal in the cadet girls’ team event.

The hopes singles event concluded on Wednesday night with David Hammerfeldt, of Sweden, winning the boy’s singles, and Grace Yee, of Fiji, winning the girls’ singles.

The junior and cadet singles and doubles were into the semi-final stage yesterday afternoon with the Cook Islands set to battle in the business end of the girls’ division.

Today will see the start of the ‘Road to Nanjing Youth Olympic Games’ qualification event.

The girls’ event sees Cook Islands versus New Zealand at 3pm, with the winner of the match qualifying for the Youth Olympic Games.

In the boys’ event, there are athletes from the Cook Islands, Denmark, Fiji, Kiribati, New Zealand, Russia and Sweden battling it out for the one qualification place.

The final of the boys’ division will take place on Saturday afternoon, with the winner gaining the final place for table tennis at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games.

The Telecom Sports Arena is buzzing with amazing table tennis action and all are welcome to stop in and check out the top talents.

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