CubanOsleni Guerrero won silver in the 28th Brazil International Badminton Cup, which concluded on November 2 in Sao Paulo, after losing to experienced Swede Henri Hurskainen in three sets.
His opponent took no chances and maintained pressure, winning with a score of 11-6, 11-7 and 11-6, in a match which lasted 25 minutes. Bronze medals went to Frenchman Marin Baumann and Israeli Misha Zilberman in the Challenge category, with Hurskainen earning 4,000 points and Guerrero 3,400.
The two competitors made it to the final after achieving four consecutive victories each. Both participated in the Brazil Grand Prix in August, losing their respective semi-final matches and sharing third place.
Henri was the competition favorite given his admirable 38th position in the world rankings and that this year alone he has competed in 16 tournaments of varying levels, including the Denmark World Cup, where his Cuban rival was knocked out in the first round.
This is Osleni’s seventh medal this season, having won gold in both the Peru Open and Pan American Badminton Championship, in addition to the Venezuela International Badminton Tournament where he reached the highest place on the podium.
53 in the world rankings – last year he occupied 46th position– he began the season by winning bronze in both the Giraldilla of Havana and Brazil Grand Prix, afterwards finishing fifth and eight in his debut in the Belgium Open, and most recently winning silver in Brazil, to add to his medal collection.
During the competition in Sao Paulo, Osleni defeated Brazilians Matheus Voigt and Alex Yuwan Tjong, Frenchman Lucas Claerbout and Israeli Misha Zilberman.
Meanwhile, Hurskainen, top ranked in the competition, triumphed over Brazilian Luiz Dos Santos; Belgian Maxime Moreels; Austrian Luka Wraber and Frenchman Marin Baumann.
Guerrero will travel to Surinam on November 9, to participate in the country’s International Badminton Tournament where he will defend both his crown and the 2,500 points which he won last year after defeating Czech Jan Frohlich.
Surinam will be the precursor to Osleni’s debut in the Central American and Caribbean Games, in Veracruz, Mexico, where he will contend for the Individual title and another medal in the Doubles. (Jit)