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Binnie wins historic silver at Pan Am Squash Champs

Published:Friday | August 31, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Chris Binnie (left) and Diego Elias.

Jamaican squash star Chris Binnie capped off a history-making run at the 2018 Pan American Squash Championships with a silver medal in the men's singles competition on Wednesday night.

The Jamaican and Caribbean number one fought hard but went down 7-11, 8-11, 5-11 to the top seed, Diego, Elias of Peru, in front of a packed house at the South Sound Squash Club in the Cayman Islands. However, with the second-place finish, Binnie continued his rewrite of the record books by becoming the first Jamaican to make the finals at the prestigious tournament.

His journey to the silver medal was marked by upsets as he created a stir when he dispatched the defending champion, Robertino Pezzota of Argentina, 11-3, 11-4, 6-11, 11-2 in the quarter-finals. The eight-time national and regional champion also stormed back from 0-2 down to beat the higher-ranked Chris Hanson of the United States - 3-12, 5-11, 14-12, 11-1, 11-8 - in the semi-finals.

"It has been an amazing tournament all around, and I appreciate the support I have been getting from everyone at home in Jamaica and the Caribbean squash fraternity, who have been in my corner for all the crucial matches," Binnie said.

"All the hard work I've been putting in is definitely paying off, and I've been able to compete with some of the best players in the world because I've played my best squash when it's mattered the most," he added.

Next up is the Team Competition, which started yesterday and will end tomorrow. Binnie will be joined by top senior national players Lewis Walters, Bruce Burrowes, and Julian Morrison as Jamaica tries to qualify for a spot in the 2019 Pan Am Games, scheduled for next July in Lima, Peru.