GUYANA’S Shemar Britton secured a hard-fought title when he won the 2019 edition of the Trinidad and Tobago Reliability Maintenance Services Limited (RMSL) Super Singles Men’s Table Tennis Championships.
The championships which attracted over 60 players started with the group and knock-out stage, November 30 – December 2, and climaxed on the evening of Wednesday December 5, 2019 at the National Racquet Centre, Orange Grove Road, Tacarigua, Trinidad and Tobago.
Players were pitted against the top-ranked players in Trinidad and Tobago, based on results in tournaments held in 2019 and those who advanced from the group and knockout stages, Each player was eager to stamp authority on the year-end championships to end the season on a high. A a result the contest saw some very close, tense, exciting, gruelling and thrilling matches.
Britton entered the tournament just coming off victory with a silver-medal performance with Guyanese teammate Joel Alleyne in the WASA Open Team championships and champion in winning the Trinbago Men’s Singles Open in October 2019.
Britton, a Tokyo 2020 Olympic prospect, described the victory in this championships as one of his hardest ever. He was stretched to the limit in securing four wins and one loss to finish as the player with the highest aggregate.
On his way to victory, the Guyanese defeated Derron Douglas via a 3-2 margin, Aaron Edwards (3-0), Jessie Dookie (3-0), Arun Roopnarine (3-2), while his only defeat in the tournament came at the hands of Aaron Wilson (2-3).
Regarded as one of the top players in the Caribbean, Britton who is the Caribbean U-21 male champion 2018, Caribbean bronze medallist, men’s singles and silver medallist, will break from studies on December 18, when he will return to Guyana for a short period, with plans to commence training and play in high level competitions in either Germany or China, with a view of preparing to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The Latin American qualification event for Tokyo 2020 Olympics is scheduled for April 2020.