Neel Joshi settles for silver

File Photo : Neel Joshi
SPORTINGINDIA|07-Jan-2018 20:58

Birmingham: Valiant Neel Joshi put in his best effort but the top seed SamTodd of England was even better to carve out a 3-1 win and take the gold in the U-15 boys' section of the British Junior Open squash here on Sunday. Joshi had to be content with the silver medal.

Todd won 8-11, 16-14, 11-0, 14-12. As the score suggested the Indian, seeded ¾ in fact had begun well. Tidy in his returns and swift on his feet, he grabbed the first game but the local boy drew ahead from there. Still, in the fourth game, Neel looked good to level game scores, even enjoyed a gameball and then saved a match ball but the fight ended soonafter.

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Earlier, another hopeful Tushar Shahani in the U-17 category went down in the semi-final to the top seed Omar El Torkey of Egypt. The Egyptian won 9-11, 11-2, 11-3,11-8. Tushar has a play off against Egyptian Yehia Hesham Fathy Elnawasany to decide the 3 and 4 placings. That will also reveal whether India can get another medal (bronze) in this year's edition.