Chris Binnie makes history despite missing Pan Am Gold

By Sports Desk August 30, 2018
Jamaica's Chris Binnie gets ready to take a shot during the Pan American Squash Championship final against Peru's Diego Elias on Wednesday night. Jamaica's Chris Binnie gets ready to take a shot during the Pan American Squash Championship final against Peru's Diego Elias on Wednesday night.

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 (August 29). 

The Jamaican and Caribbean number one, fought hard but went down 7-11, 8-11, 5-11 to the #1 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 by dispatching the defending champion, Robertino Pezzota of Argentina 11-3, 11-4, 6-11, 11-2 in the quarter finals. The 8-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 will be played from Thursday August 30 to Saturday September 1. 

Binnie will be joined by top senior national players, Lewis Walters, Bruce Burrowes and Julian Morrison as Jamaica tries to qualify for a spot at the 2019 Pan Am Games, scheduled for next July in Lima, Peru. The Jamaicans will take on regional arch rivals Guyana in the first round of the Team Competition on Thursday August 30.

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