The young man who has played in three ITTF Junior Circuit event in 2010, all in different continents, stood on the top step of the medal podium when matters concluded on Saturday 26th June 2010.
Seeded no.2, he overcame Paraguay’s Marcelo Aguirre, the no.1 seed, in the Junior Boys’ Singles final.
First Singles Defeat
In eleven days of action, it was the first singles defeat for Marcelo Aguirre; he had remained unbeaten in the Junior Boys’ Team event at the Latin American Junior and Cadet Championships guiding his team to the silver medal whilst later he clinched the Junior Boys’ Singles crown in style.
The continental competition over, he was the backbone of Paraguay’s success in the Junior Boys’ Team event. He clinched gold in harness with Axel Gavilan before partnering his compatriot to Junior Boys’ Doubles success, a feat the duo had also achieved in the Latin American Junior and Cadet Championships.
Full Distance Final
However, in the Junior Boys’ Singles event at the Argentina Junior and Cadet Open, his aspirations of further gold were doused; in a hard fought seven games final, Chiu Chung Hei prevailed.
It was a fitting finale, the two protagonists proving themselves worthy of competing for the gold medal; both had experienced tough matches en route to the final but neither had been extended the full seven games distance.
Paths to Final
Chiu Chung Hei overcame Argentina’s Adriel di Salvo, Brazil’s Fernando Franco and Chile’s Felipe Olivares en route to the final whilst Marcelo Aguirre ousted the host nation’s Emir Baca before ending the hopes of Brazil’s Gustavo Souza and Danilo Toma.
Runners up spot in the Junior Boys’ Singles event for Marcelo Aguirre and it was the same in the Cadet Boys’ Singles competition for younger brother, Sebastian Aguirre.
He was beaten at the final hurdle by top seed, Brazil’s Hugo Calderano with the latter’s colleague Hiago Afonso and Chile’s Sebastian Roman being the bronze medals; the former losing to Calderano, the latter to Aguirre.