Kane Watson and Simon Tomlinson show impressive form with eyes on Olympic berth

By Sports Desk April 05, 2021

A berth at this year's summer Tokyo Olympic games is undoubtedly on the radar of Jamaica's top table tennis players, Simon Tomlinson and Kane Watson, who both continue to show impressive form at the international camp in Broward, Florida, where they are currently in training for the Olympic qualifiers later this month in Argentina.

Tomlinson achieved back-to-back wins in the camp's tournament when he struck gold beating Luis Rodriguez of Columbia 3 - 2 in the semi-final and then trouncing Sergei Bekrenev of Russia 3 - 1 in the final.

Watson showed grit and character by earning the bronze in the tournament by turning back the aggressive challenge of a national campaigner of El Salvador 3 - 2 in the third-place play-off.

A focused Tomlinson said that they are taking it "one day at a time" while Watson summed up their competitive attitude by stating "we're letting it all out on the table."

They continue to be conditioned in the competition which will place them in good stead for the upcoming qualifiers.

President of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA), Christopher Samuda, in keeping a watchful eye on their progress, commented: "match readiness is critical to success and Tomlinson and Watson are adapting well at the camp to the competitive environment, an investment in competition which demonstrates JOA's continuing commitment to our associations to broaden and deepen representation in sport across the board and on the international stage."

Tomlinson and Watson will journey to Argentina with aspirations of joining the company of Olympians Stephen Hylton - who coaches Tomlinson - Michael Hyatt and Garfield Jones in the sport. Secretary-General and CEO of the JOA, Ryan Foster, commented: "Tomlinson and Watson have our full support in their admirable efforts to walk boldly into Olympic history."

Last year the players had to abort their preparation in Spain and return to Jamaica due to the global pandemic which resulted in the postponement of the games to this year.

 

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