Hockey silver for Jamaica

GANGNEUNG, Republic of Korea – Jamaica had to a settle for a silver medal yesterday after they were beaten 2-0 by Hungary in the hotly-contested floor hockey Division T1 final here at the Special Olympics World Winter Games.

Jamaica, captained by Sydney Manyan, fought gallantly after conceding early on the second line change †but could not find a foothold back into the encounter and eventually suffered the hammer blow of a second goal in the dying moments of the match.

In the hugely anticipated top-tier gold medal affair at the Gangneung Sports Centre, the talented Jamaica team dazzled at times but failed to take their chances when the scoring opportunities arrived

Hungary, though making less attempts on goal than Jamaica, were always threatening on the counter-attack, while doing enough defensively to thwart their opponents’ attacks.

Though it was a gut-wrenching loss for Jamaica, seeking a repeat of the gold medal won in the 2009 Championships, they can find solace in the realisation that the highly-organised and fine-tuned Hungarians were the best team in the tournament.††

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