Local earns bronze in table tennis
It was a successful Commonwealth Games for local athletes, with one even returning home with a bronze medal.
Teaming with Angi Lo of Mississauga, Ont., Mo Zhang of Richmond won third place in the women’s doubles table tennis event at the Games, which concluded on the weekend in Glasgow, Scotland. Zhang and Lo lost their final match 3-2 to England. It took 48 minutes to complete the five games.
Zhang, who won gold at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajera, Mexico, also reached the quarter-finals of the women’s singles event, losing four games to one to Mengyu Yu of Singapore. She also reached the quarter-finals in women’s team play (Canada lost 3-0 to Singapore) and in mixed doubles (Canada lost 3-2 to England).
Andre Ho of Richmond reached the second round of men’s singles play before losing to Scotland’s Gavin Rumgay 4-1. He also reached the men’s doubles final, where he and partner P.L. Teriault lost to a team from Singapore 3-1, and with partner Angi Lo was eliminated by a team from England 3-2 in the fourth round of mixed doubles play.
•Former Richmond Kajaks also stood tall at the Games, with Shai-Anne Davis narrowly missing the final in the women’s 200-metre sprint (placing fourth in 11.52 seconds in the semifinals) and placing fourth as a member of Canada’s 4x100 women’s relay team. Their final time was 43.33 seconds, with Jamaica taking first place in 41.83 seconds.
Christabel Nettey, BC Athletics’ 2013 senior female athlete of the year, earned bronze in the women’s long jump. The former Kajak, a resident of Surrey, placed third with a jump of 6.49 metres.