Mathenge and Theuri win in Kisumu to increase Olympics chances

Mathenge and Theuri win in Kisumu to increase Olympics chances

Mathenge and Theuri win in Kisumu to increase Olympics chances

Kisumu Open increased London Olympics hopes for Anthony Mathenge and Peter Theuri as both topped in their various categories of the Kisumu Open table tennis championships. With the Table Tennis Olympics qualifiers only a month away, victory for the two seemed to have raised their hopes of traveling to London come July this year.

Mathenge  rallied from a set down to  see-off a stubborn Ugandan national team player Ronald Nyaika  3-2 (11-5, 14-16, 11-2, 8-11, 4-11) to win the men's singles. The win in the Kisumu tournament which was one of the events the Kenya Table Tennis Association will use in selecting the Olympics team put Mathenge ahead in the national standings with 6300points. The qualifiers will take place in Doha, Qatar from May 10 to 13.

"I was only playing a waiting game which my opponent didn't realize from the onset," an overjoyed Mathenge said.
In the juniors, class it was Peter Theuri of Makini School who really stole the show. Theuri who has since landed a scholarship at Makini School played his heart out when he won the under 15 class in awesome fashion and finished the under 19 class in second place contrary top all expectations.

However, it was tough for the Kenyan ladies who dropped out of the competition in the semis. Leaving the ladies singles to  be a Ugandan affair. Kenyan top lady Sejal Chandarana  lost 1-3 (12-13, 14-16, 3-11, 11-9, 11-6 ) to Amina Lukacya in the first semifinal while Janita Shah from Mombasa lost 1-3  to Ugandan Ludia Magdalina in the other semifinal.

Uganda's Ludia won the ladies singles after defeating her compatriot Lukacya 3-2 (13-12, 16-16, 11-3, 9-11, 6-11) in yet another pulsating final.

DMK from Uganda won the team event after grabbing a 3-0 win to the chagrin of  Mbale Tigers.
The event was the second points earning tournament this year which truly unlocked the good-humored rivalry between Kenyan and Ugandan players.

The points’ earning system has been designed to enhance focus and competition amongst members of the playing unit. Points accrued by players from April 2011 through to April 2012 will count towards the Qatar trip but the system continues throughout the year.
So it’s the final push for points as KTTA prepares to name its final team of two ladies and two men at the close of the Coast Open Championships which will be held in Mombasa towards the end of April.

Standings
Men
A. Mathenge (NAIROBI) 6300 points
D. Inyanje (KISUMU) 2625 points
A. Kiprotich (KITALE) 1925 points
J. Ojiambo (NAIROBI) 1532 points

Ladies
S. Chandarana (NAIROBI) 4900 points
G. Sigowo (STRATHMORE) 4725 points
V. Cheptoo (MOI UNI.) 4025 points

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