Layne wins Elite Singles title at National Schools TT Championships
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Isaiah Layne won the Boys U18 Elite Championships
Isaiah Layne won the Boys U18 Elite Championships

ISAIAH Layne emerged champion of the Elite Boys U18 division in the feature event of the Guyana Table Tennis Association (GTTA), National Sports Commission, Ministry of Education, National Schools’ Novices, Elite Teams and Singles Table Tennis Championships, which concluded on Sunday at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.

The Saint Stanislaus student defeated fellow national TT player Jonathan Van Lange by a 3-2 margin in the final of the event.  Layne had earlier defeated Caribbean Pre-Cadet bronze medallist Colin Wong (Christ Church Secondary) by a 3-1 margin in the semi-finals.

The Bishops’ High School Van Lange had gotten past Chase Academy’s Jamal Nicholas by a 3-0 margin in his final four battle.

In the quarterfinals, Wong knocked out 2018 champion Kaysan Ninvalle.

Peter Persaud and Andell Austin 13 led Vreed en Hoop Secondary to the Novice title.

Also in the final eight, Nicholas had defeated Krystian Sahadeo and Van Lange had gotten past emerging talent Peter Persaud from Vreed en Hoop Secondary.

Meanwhile Persaud, 14, and Andell Austin 13, were victorious over Rhys Belle and Jaswan Seenarine from Bartica in the Boys Novice team final.

Austin had defeated Belle 3-2, while Persaud got past Seenarine 3-1 before the Vreed en Hoop pair combined to ease past the Bartica duo 3-0 to finish as champions.

In the quarterfinal, Bartica had gotten the better of ISA ‘A’ team 3-2, while Vreed en Hoop had ended the run of ISA ‘B’ team 3-0.

The East Street Islamic School had three of the 12 teams that competed in the novice division.

Meanwhile in the Novice’s Boys Singles final, Queen’s College Nareen Persaud defeated ISA’s Omar Percival in a tense 3-2 battle en route to the title.

Over the three days of competitionm. Chase Academy (males) and Charlestown Secondary School (females) had emerged victorious in the team events; while 14-year-old Marian Academy student Thuraia Thomas defended her U18 Elite women’s title and Samirah Burrowes had gotten past her sister Sufah in the Novice final.

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