Silver shines for Canada in table tennis

August 13, 2015

MARKHAM, Ont. – Ian Kent of Eastern Passage, N.S. and Masoud Mojtahed, a former Montreal and Vancouver resident, led Canada to the silver medal in men’s team play in table tennis on Thursday morning at the Parapan American Games.

Kent and Mojtahed lost the championship final to Luiz Manara and Paulo Salmin of Brazil 2-0 in a highly entertaining match.

‘’Being at home in Canada we put our best foot forward and we tried our very best,’’ said Kent, a 2008 Paralympian, diagnosed with dystonia in 1999.  ‘’We didn’t play a bad match, we just played against a good team that was a bit better than us.’’

‘’We feel great about winning the silver medal for Canada.’’

In the opening doubles match the Brazilians grabbed a 1-0 lead defeating the Canadians 11-13, 11-7, 11-2, 12-10.  After the Brazilians lost the opening game and fell behind early in the second they called a time out which seemed to change the whole chemistry of the match.

“They started playing more aggressive,’’ said Mojtahed, diagnosed with polio as an infant.  ‘’We kind of backed-off but came back strong late in the fourth but it was too late.’’

Kent faced Manara in singles in the second match and lost to the 23-year old Games singles gold medallist 9-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-5.

“I thought in general terms I played quite well,” said Kent about his singles match. “I felt I had a good chance to win but hats off to Manara he kept his cool and was able to pull through.’’

Canada ends the table tennis competition with three medals.  Stephanie Chan of Richmond, B.C., took gold in women’s singles and Kent won bronze in men’s singles.