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Owen Rosorea lands silver in Boston junior squash tournament

Outgunned and outnumbered: Owen Rosorea poses with the Khan clan after finishing runner-up to Muhammad Khan, second right, in the Life Time Boston MetroWest Summer Junior Bronze tournament in Framington, Massachusetts, on Sunday. Included in shot is under-19 world No 1 Avi Agarwal, third right, who was coaching Khan (Photograph supplied)

Young Owen Rosorea marked himself down as a squash star for the future after finishing runner-up at an age-group tournament in the United States on Sunday.

The 12-year-old Bermudian competed in the under-13 division of the Boston MetroWest Summer Junior Bronze Event in Framingham, Massachusetts, where other than being the only foreigner in an eight-player field, he would run into a descendant of one of the finest to play the sport.

With the draw immediately at the quarter-final stage, Rosorea first defeated Roger Zhou 11-4, 11-3, 11-7. He then saw off Rama Urs 11-2, 11-3, 11-7 to set up a final against Muhammad Khan, a young relative of Jahangir Khan, the legendary six-times world champion from Pakistan, who dominated international squash throughout the 1980s.

As if cut from the same cloth, the younger Khan — coached by the under-19 world No 1, Avi Agarwal — had dropped only three points to get the final, but found the Bermudian to be made of sterner stuff than his fellow American rivals in the first two rounds.

Nonetheless, the first-place trophy went to Khan after a closely contested battle, 11-6, 11-9, 11-9.

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Published August 24, 2022 at 7:41 am (Updated August 24, 2022 at 7:41 am)

Owen Rosorea lands silver in Boston junior squash tournament

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