Azizi Johnson and Tsenaye Lewis came within a whisker of gold at the Caribbean Region Mini and Pre-Cadet Table Tennis Championships on Wednesday in the Dominican Republic. Playing in the final of the Under-11 mixed doubles, Johnson and Lewis lost a thriller to Rafael Cabrera and Shary MuÃoz of the host country. Their performance highlighted a day when Jamaican pairs also reached the semi-final stage in three other events.
Cabrera and MuÃoz edged home 10-11, 13-11, 13-11, 13-11 to stop the Jamaicans. Johnson and Lewis had smashed both Alex Perez and Carolina Sosa of the Dominican Republic and the Trinidad and Tobago pair of Gabriel John and Chloe Fraser three straight before bumping Ramon Vila and Arianna Estrella of the Republic 3-1 in the semi.
Johnson and Jayden Ebanks, who, like his partner, helped Jamaica win a bronze medal with Gari Whyte and Brian Blake in the team event earlier in the tournament, played their way to the Under-11 doubles semis, but went out 1-3 to Yadler Lopez and Enrique Rios of Puerto Rico.
Sadly, the same fate met Olivia Petrekin and Selena Khawalsingh in the girls' Under-13 doubles and Kelsey Davidson and Joel Butler in the Under-13 mixed doubles. Both pairs fought hard as Khawalsingh and Petrekin went out 1-3 to Priyanka Khellawan and Edwards of Trinidad and Tobago, while Butler and Davidson lost a battle 2-3 to Macros Tavares and Cinthia Pena, who played in front of the home crowd.
Khawalsingh and Petrekin had earlier played their part as Jamaica landed the silver medal in the Under-13 team event.
The fine play in doubles brings the Jamaican medal total to three silvers, and four bronze.