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Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
Team Titles for Guatemala and El Salvador at Central American Championships
Guatemala and El Salvador emerged as the respective Men’s and Women’s Team champions at the 27th Central American Team Championships held in San Salvador on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th November 2008.

Represented by José-Miguel Ramirez, Omar Flores and Hector Garcia, Guatemala topped finished ahead of Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Honduras; whilst in the counterpart Women’s Team competition El Salvador’s Morayle De Lovo, Estefania Ramirios and Sandra Orellana proved to be the team in form.
Moralye de Lovo leading the way for El Salvador
They finished the programme of matches unbeaten ahead of Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras and Costa Rica.

Format
Following the World Championships format of three players in a team, five singles matches, the Guatemalan trio proved dominant from start to finish.

In fact they dropped only one individual match in the whole contest; that being in the contest against Costa Rica with Omar Flores losing in five games to Allan Calvo.

Otherwise, a series of three-nil victories was the order of the day.

Team Leader
José-Miguel Ramirez was very much the team leader in the Guatemalan success whilst for El Salvador the leading light was Morayle de Lovo. She remained unbeaten as did Sandra Orellana playing in the number three position.

El Salvador recorded victories by the margin of three matches to one against Costa Rica, Guatemala and Mexico whilst in opposition to Honduras it was a three-nil success.

Men’s Team Event
1. Guatemala (José-Miguel Ramirez, Hector Garcia, Omar Flores, Milton Catalan)
2. Mexico (Jude Okoh, Milton Garcia, Guillermo Muñoz, Salvador Uribe)
3. El Salvador (Josué Donado, René Escobar, Edilberto Merino, David Diaz)
4. Costa Rica (Allan Calvo, Steve Herra, Jose Cascante, Oscar Mata)
5. Honduras (José Urbina, Julio Larios, Adrian Magana, Ruben Folgar)


Women’s Team Event
1. El Salvador (Morayle de Lovo, Estefania Ramirios, Sandra Orella, Karla Perez)
2. Guatemala (Andrea Estrada, Maria-José Gomez, Nury Vasquez, Eva Godoy)
3. Mexico (Yadira Silva, Aurora Pequeño)
4. Honduras (Andrea Herrera, Rebecca Ayestas, Reina Solis, Andrea Hoppert)
5. Costa Rica (Denisse Navarro, Carolina Quesada, Rosalia Carballo)



The venue in San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador.

Photo courtesy of Carlos Esnard