Sampson claims under-14 badminton tournament

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SLEMON PARK – Benoit Sampson, Tony Fei, Bradley Norman and Ben Tanton were the successful competitors at the under-14 junior development badminton tournament here at the Canada Games Sports Centre recently.

The event featured a two-way round robin, with the first- and second-place players in each pool crossing over and playing off for the top spots.

Sampson had comfortable wins in Pool 1, with his toughest match a very close three-set win over Norman.

Before taking second place in Pool 1, Norman had a tough match against newcomer Spencer Gill.

In Pool Two, Fei did not lose a game before the crossovers. His closest match was against Lucas Banman.

Tanton crossed over second in Pool 2. He lost only to Fei, but had a really tough match against Lucas Banman, which he eventually won in three close games.

In the crossovers, Sampson lost the first game to Tanton 17-21 and won the second and third 21-9, 21-8. On the other side, Fei beat Norman 21-2, 21-9.

The final between Fei and Sampson was an exciting match that featured long rallies and very close scores. Sampson eventually won 25-23, 23-21 to take first place.

In the third-place playoff game, Norman played a good game to beat Tanton 21-15, 21-16.

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