Guyana still to land medal after Day Four
By Michael DaSilva
Stabroek News
November 27, 2002

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Guyana’s team to the 19th Central American and Caribbean Games in El Salvador failed to land a medal after four days of competition.

According to reports from El Salvador, squash medal hopefuls Nicolette Fernandes and Maxim Weithers were both defeated in fourth and third round matches respectively, while the three weight lifters - Julian McWatt, William Langford and Shondell King, all performed poorly.

The boxing, track and field along with the men’s individual table tennis championships in which Guyana is represented, are still to get underway.

Fernandes got sweet revenge over Barbados’ Kristina Evelyn on Monday by defeating her 3-0 in a second round match. Evelyn had beaten Fernandes in the women’s individual category of the Caribbean championships earlier this year.

However, after getting past Colombia’s Tamayo Restrepo by a 3-0 margin yesterday, Fernandes subsequently succumbed to Mexico’s Samantha Teran by a 0-3 margin.

Weithers in his third round match lost by a 2-3 margin to Guatemala’s Soera Martinez.

Jillian Griffith-Lilico who drew a bye to the second round, went down to Colombia’s Vallejo Guevara by a 1-3 in a second round fixture.

Weithers, a former world rated player was due to team up with Caribbean Men’s champion Luke Fraser in a men’s double match against Jamaica’s S. Smith and C. Burrowes last evening, while Fernandes and Griffith-Lilico were down to play Jamaica’s Karen Anderson and Gillian Binnie.

In karate, David Hardy lost to Haiti’s D. Fils in first round fixture of the under-75Kg category, while Marvin Singh lost to Dominican Alberto Zabala in the 60kg Class. Zabala went on to cop the gold medal.

Hardy was down to clash with El Salvador’s W. Serrano in the men’s open category last evening.

In weightlifting, Guyana’s William Langford placed eighth of eight lifters in the under-77Kg class, while in the 85Kg Class, London based Guyanese Julian McWatt placed 10th and in the women’s 69Kg Class, Shondell King finished fifth of the five lifters.

Langford snatched 110Kg’s and clean and jerked 140Kg’s for a total 250Kg’s. The gold medal winner is Octavio Mejias of Venezuela who totaled 320Kg’s.

McWatt lifted snatched 132.5Kg’s and clean and jerked 150Kg’s for a total of 277.5Kg’s. The gold medal winner is Eudy Gamarra of Venezuela who registered a total of 342.5Kg’s.

King snatched 65Kg’s and clean and jerked 85Kg’s to end with 150Kg’s. The division was won by Eva Dimas of El Salvador who totaled 212.5Kgs.

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