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.

 

Related items

  • France's sports minister backs Mbappe to shine in 2024 Olympics after confirming PSG stay France's sports minister backs Mbappe to shine in 2024 Olympics after confirming PSG stay

    France's sports minister Amelie Oudea-Castera believes Kylian Mbappe will be the poster boy for the Paris Olympic Games.

    Mbappe last week decided to stay at Paris Saint-Germain, despite having widely been expected to join Real Madrid on a free transfer.

    The 23-year-old has signed a three-year deal with PSG, keeping him at the Parc des Princes until 2025.

    It is a move that Oudea-Castera believes benefits the whole of France, as she suggested Mbappe, already a World Cup winner, will now be the star for the country to get behind in the 2024 Olympics.

    "To be on the field, in our magnificent sites, to represent his country at the Olympic Games in 2024, he has always dreamed of it and he will make so many of us dream of it," she told RMC Sport, as quoted by Le Parisien. 

    "It's a big 'YES' in capital letters. PSG will be fully behind the Olympic and Paralympic Games. I am certain that all this will happen."

    Oudea-Castera thinks Mbappe is worth the huge salary the Ligue 1 champions are paying him.

    "The amounts are very high, but that rewards an immense talent, constant work. He is a huge worker, sport also has its big stars as has entrepreneurship," she added.

    "It's not dirty or ugly, especially since he gives a lot. Kylian makes his values clear, he is very committed."

    Oudea-Castera also had a word for Mbappe's France team-mate Karim Benzema, who she backed to win the Ballon d'Or after an extraordinary season with Madrid that might culminate in a Champions League triumph, with Los Blancos facing Liverpool in Paris on Saturday.

    "He has a good chance [of winning the Ballon d'Or]," she said. 

    "We are all behind him, it would be a very nice reward."

  • Last season's disappointment fuels a stronger and healthier, Rasheed Broadbell Last season's disappointment fuels a stronger and healthier, Rasheed Broadbell

    In mid-May 2021 Rasheed Broadbell was flying high.

  • All-female coaching staff to oversee Jamaica camp for CONCACAF U15 tourney in July All-female coaching staff to oversee Jamaica camp for CONCACAF U15 tourney in July

    For the first time in Jamaica’s football history, a national squad will be overseen by an all-female coaching staff as 27 girls are called to camp to prepare for the CONCACAF Women U15 tournament set to take place in Tampa, Florida, from July 31 to August 7, 2022.

    The players will be directed by Head Coach Tashana Vincent and Assistant Coach Alicia James. Both women are former national representatives.

    Meanwhile, the squad of players will be comprised of Kimoy Harris, Kryshana  Reid, Ashley Lowrie, Cassandra Smith, Jada-Lee Bryan, Devonae  Lewis, Dejaunae  Lewis, Breanna  Marr, Schennel Goodhall, Adrianna  Morris, Shanae   Ashley, Sajane   Anderson, Italya  Robinson, Bianca McDonald, Destiny   Powell, Jennifer  Williams, Shiona   Ashman, Shantea  James, Lacey   Phillips, Jhonelle   Rose, Jamara   Jones, Dejonea  Smith, Felisha  Ferguson, Rishaune  Gordon, Elizabeth  Miller, Shereece Jameison and Chrisann Tomlinson.

© 2022 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.