Jamaica win World Table Tennis divisional title

Monday, May 05, 2014    

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JAMAICA men's table tennis team lead by coach Barney Reed and team captain Michael Hyatt won their first ever World Table Tennis Championship in Tokyo, Japan, yesterday.

Playing unbeaten in Division Five of the competition, Jamaica defeated South Africa 3-2 in one of the most thrilling divisional finals in the overall 2014 World Championships.

Playing sumptuous table tennis, the Jamaica team of Chris Marsh, Michael Hyatt, Kane Watson and Simon Tomlinson ended the World Championships as one of the only unbeaten teams in the Men's Team competition, after posting a record eight wins and no loss to be crowned Division Five champions.

And in typical Jamaican team fashion, Hyatt, Tomlinson and Watson each won a match in the final to lead Team Jamaica to a historic first ever World Championship title.

In the last match of the final, Watson defeated his South Africa opponent 3-2 (11-9 in the 5th) to carve the emphatic win for Jamaica.

Jamaica will now move up to Division Three to rub shoulders with the Dominican Republic with regional heavyweights Cuba campaigning in Division Two.

Based on the unprecedented feat, it is said movie producers have begun to enquire about making a film called Pong Runnings.

— Hurbun Williams





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