Jamaica’s number-one squash player Chris Binnie has acknowledged that his hard work yielded the desired results and allowed him to create history at the 28th Pan American Squash Championships in the Cayman Islands.
On Wednesday, Binnie won the silver medal in Men’s Singles play after he went down to top-seed Diego Elias of Peru. Binnie lost 7-11, 8-11, 5-11, to the World number 11 player but became the first-ever Jamaican to win a medal at the championships.
He was also the first Jamaican to reach the quarterfinals, semi-finals and finals of the competition.
“All the hard work I’ve been putting in is definitely paying off and I’ve been able to compete with some of the best players in the world because I’ve played my best squash when it’s mattered the most,” said an elated Binnie.
On the journey to the finals, Binnie upset the defending champion, Robertino Pezzota of Argentina 11-3, 11-4, 6-11, 11-2 in the quarterfinals.
The eight-time national and regional champion also stormed back from 0-2 down to beat the higher ranked Chris Hanson of the US, 3-12, 5-11, 14-12, 11-1, 11-8 in the semi-finals.
“It has been an amazing tournament all around and I appreciate the support I have been getting from everyone at home in Jamaica and the Caribbean squash fraternity who have been in my corner for all the crucial matches,” Binnie said.
Binnie is now engaged in team play and has been joined by top senior national players, Lewis Walters, Bruce Burrowes and Julian Morrison as Jamaica tries to qualify for a spot in the 2019 Pan Am Games, scheduled for next July in Lima, Peru.