Medals for Hosts as Belize Stages Central American Masters Championships
Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
The host nation's Eric Stamp (right) Men's Singles 65 champion, Costa Rica's Herberth Zamora (left)
Photo By: Courtesy of Arturo Vasquez
Accepted as a member of the International Table Tennis Federation in 2008, the Belize Table Tennis Association recently staged its first international event.
The XV Central American Masters Championships were held from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September at the venue that has very much become the focus point for the small Latin American country.
Home was the Belize Elementary School auditorium.
Furthermore, there were medals for the hosts who since inception have very much focused their efforts on development, with young players being at the centre of attention.
Host Medallists Billy Musa Jr. and Nicholas Martin secured bronze in the Menís Team 30 to 39 years category, Arturo Vasquez and Carlos Cui did likewise in the Menís Team 50 to 59 years class; whilst in the Menís Singles 60 to 64 years category bronze medals were clinched by Hector Lopez and Davis Huang.
However, the star of the show for Belize was Eric Stamp; he won the Menís Singles 65 plus age group.
Three Gold Medals for El Salvador Success for Belize but it was the visitors who proved the most successful with Costa Rica, El Salvador and Mexico in particular enjoying success.
El Salvador secured three gold medals. They won the Menís Team 30 to 39 years category and the Menís Team 40 to 49 years class. Ricardo Sosa and Gabriel Castillo emerged as champions in the former, in the latter it was Raul Sanchez and Jose Ramos.
Success in the team competition, also they enjoyed individual glory. Jose Ramos won Menís Singles 50 to 59 years.
Similar for Costa Rica Similarly for Costa Rica three gold medals were secured. Gerardo Villagra (Costa Rica) secured the Menís Singles 60 to 64 years category having earlier partnered Carlos Quiros to Menís Team 60 plus gold.
The one further medal for Costa Rica was secured by Carlos Vazquez; he won Menís Singles 30 to 39 years
Two Gold Medals for Mexico Meanwhile for Mexico it was two gold medals. Jose Vivanco and Alejandro Sanchez won Menís Team 50 to 59 years; Sergio Blanco secured the Menís Singles 40 to 49 years title.
Medallist in the Menís Singles Class 30 to 39 Years Photo courtesy of Arturo Vasquez
Roll of Honour Ė Menís Team
Menís Team 30-39 Years Winner: Ricardo Sosa / Gabriel Castillo (El Salvador). Runner Up: Carlos Velasquez / Adrian Vargas (Costa Rica) Third Place: Billy Musa Jr. / Nicholas Martin (Belize) & Sergio Blanco / Jose Arce (Mexico)
Menís Team 40-49 Years Winner: Raul Sanchez / Jose Ramos (El Salvador) Runner Up: Eric Moralez / Juan Garcia (Guatemala) Third Place: Alejandro Sevilla / Jose Wu Dahua (Costa Rica) & Orlando Solis / Carlos Mendez (Mexico)
Menís Team 50-59 Years Winner: Jose Vivanco / AlejandroSanchez (Mexico) Runner Up: Jorge Mora / Ng Chang Wen (Costa Rica) Third Place: Arturo Vasquez / Carlos Cui (Belize) & Luis Salazar / Leonel Aguilar (El Salvador)
Menís Team 60 Years Plus Winners: Carlos Quiros / Gerardo Villagra (Costa Rica) Runners Up: Herbert Zamora / Alberto Retana (Costa Rica) Third Place: Jorge Simon / JŁrgen Schumacker (Costa Rica) & Eric Stamp / Ernesto Rivero (Belize)
The gold, silver and bronze medal winner in Menís Singles 50 to 59 years category Photo courtesy of Arturo Vasquez
Roll of Honour Ė Menís Singles
Menís Singles 30-39 Years Winner: Carlos Velazquez (Costa Rica) Runner Up: Amilcar Alvarado (Panama) Third Place: Roberto Landaverde (El Salvador) & Ricardo Sosa (El Salvador)
Menís Singles 40-49 Years Winner: Sergio Blanco (Mexico) Runner Up: Jose Arce (Mexico) Third Place: Orlando Solis (Mexico) & Jose Wn Dahua (Costa Rica)
Menís Singles 50-59 Years Winner: Jose Ramos (El Salvador) Runner Up: Lee Harper (Mexico) Third Place: Luis Salazar (El Salvador) & Carlos Mendez (Mexico)
Menís Singles 60-64 Years Winner: Gerardo Villagra (Costa Rica) Runner Up: Daniel Sosa (El Salvador) Third Place: Hector Lopez (Belize) & Davis Huang (Belize)
Menís Singles 65 Years Plus Winner: Eric Stamp (Belize) Runner Up: Herberth Zamora (Costa Rica) Third Place: Alberto Retana (Costa Rica) & Alfredo Siguenza (El Salvador)
The Belize Elementary School Auditorium provided a splendid venue Photo courtesy of Arturo Vasquez