Squash makes inroads

TEAM Fiji squash set its own Commonwealth Games record by qualifying in the plate quarter-finals for the first time after Friday’s round of matches.

With Stephen Henry the lone player to make the quarters yesterday, team manager Dinesh Narayan said the progress at the games was the qualification into a quarter-final stage.

“It is the plate quarter-finals, but it is the first time we have progressed beyond the preliminaries,” he said. “We were up against world rated players and some of the best in the Commonwealth and playing against them were signs of progress for us.

“Stephen progressed after he walked over his opponent, but in the quarters he lost three-nil to Zambia’s Chilamba.”

Romit Parshottam lost by three sets to Papua New Guinea’s number one player Madako Snavi on Friday night — 11- 8, 11-7, and 11-3.

Sailesh Pala won his first match by three sets over Faiya James 11-7, 11-8 and 11-9 but lost the second match 3-0.

Women’s squash rep Alison Mua lost by three sets to Kenya’s Khaalig Nimji 7-11, 2-11 and 5-11.

Meanwhile, weightlifter Maria Mareta finished 12th in the women’s 58 kilograms category in the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Friday.

In her first attempt in snatch lifted 68kg was not successful.

Her second attempt was successful with the same weight.

In her third attempt, Mareta lifted 72kf but it was no lift.

In the clean and jerk, she lifted 83kg in the first attempt and then successfully lifted 86kg, but failed to lift 90kg in her last attempt. She lifted a total of 154kg.

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