Cooks gain bronze, Oceania shine in table tennis

Monday June 11, 2018 Written by Published in Other Sports
Jacobo Vahnish of Panama in action during the 2018 ITTF Junior Circuit Cook Islands Junior & Cadet Open on Thursday night. 18060836 Jacobo Vahnish of Panama in action during the 2018 ITTF Junior Circuit Cook Islands Junior & Cadet Open on Thursday night. 18060836

Oceania was well represented on the final day of action at the 2018 ITTF Junior Circuit Cook Islands Junior & Cadet Open on Thursday night, taking home three gold medals.

The most remarkable gold medal was won by the hands of New Zealand’s Nathan Xu and Sang-Yong Park in the Cadet Boys’ Doubles at the Bluesky Sports Arena in Nikao.

The duo in black came in as underdogs against China’s Sun Haoran and Wang Hongxiang.

But despite the seemingly impossible odds, the Kiwis came through in a thrilling five-game match, winning 3-2 (-8, 9, 12, -3, 9) to take gold.

Meanwhile, the Cadet Girls’ Singles was an all Oceania affair, with the old Australia versus New Zealand rivalry taking the court.

This time it was that green and gold that outshone the black, as Parleen Kaur made a dominant display, breaking down the defences of Jiayi Zhou to win in straight games.

The third gold was won by the Fijian sister act of Loata and Filomena Duncan. The pair – who went undefeated in the Cadet Girls’ Doubles round-robin event – were all smiles when they won their seashell trophies.

The combination of New Caledonia’s Lorie La and the Cook Islands’ Marenga Tua concluded matters in third position.

            - ITTF Oceania

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