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Four members of the adult national table tennis team to open the season in Germany

(Courtesy of Elvocero.com – By Yamaira Muñiz Pérez, THE SPOKESMAN) The Puerto Rican tenimesistas Brian Afanador, Daniel González, Ángel Naranjo and the Uruguayan Olympian Melanie Díaz already have the first tournament of the 2022 season of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF, for its acronym in English) on their calendar. The quartet of athletes will […]

The new Olympic cycle has already started

The new Olympic cycle has already started at the Águilas de la Montana table tennis club in Utuado, where the usual protagonists work towards the events that lead to Paris 2024. The protagonists referred to are the Olympians Adriana and Melanie Díaz, and Brian Afanador. Other members of the national teams also work with them, […]

Getting to Know Brian Afanador

(original article at elVocero.com, shown here in Spanish.  Loosely translated and edited by Steve Hopkins with assistance from Google Translate.) With the 2019 Pan American Cup coming to Puerto Rico in a few weeks, Brian Afanador is feeling some additional pressure. His training regimen now includes two innovations that are aimed at efficiency: working fully with French coach […]

Gold in Luxembourg for Puerto Rico’s Afanador

Gold in Luxembourg for Puerto Rico’s Afanador (by Steve Hopkins/Photo by ITTF) The Luxembourg Open Table Tennis Championships was held a week ago in Kirchberg in the Northeast quarter of Luxembourg City. The tournament’s top seed was Lioney Weber of Switzerland.  There were 42 participants in all, with nearly all representing European countries. Nicholas Tio represented […]

Brian Afanador alone, surprise names reach penultimate round

Brian Afanador alone, surprise names reach penultimate round (by Ian Marshall, Editor) Crucial to Puerto Rican success earlier in the year in Barranquilla at the Central American and Caribbean Games, on Thursday 6th September, Brian Afanador reserved his place in the semi-final round of the Men’s Singles event at the 2018 Luxembourg Open The no.2 […]

Full house for Adriana Diaz, Puerto Rico most successful of all in Barranquilla

Full house for Adriana Diaz, Puerto Rico most successful of all in Barranquilla (by Ian Marshall Editor) Women’s Doubles gold in partnership with elder sister Melanie, add Daniely Rios to the family duo and it was the top prize in the Women’s Team event, sandwiched in between Mixed Doubles success was the order of proceedings […]

Hosting first for Adriana Diaz and Brian Afanador

Hosting first for Adriana Diaz and Brian Afanador By Jose A. Sanchez Fournier El Nuevo Dia reports on 2016 Rio Olympic Games Bound Adriana Diaz and Brian Afanador from Puerto Rico. “The table tennis players today came to the island after his historic Olympic qualification“ “Although Adriana Diaz and Brian Afanador have been those who […]

15-Year-old Diaz Secures Historic Olympic Qualification

15-Year-old Diaz Secures Historic Olympic Qualification Courtesy of ITTF The rising superstar booked her place at Rio 2016, at the 2016 ITTF-Latin America Olympic Qualifications held on 1-3 April 2016 in Santiago, Chile. Despite being the youngest player at the event, DIAZ was the number one seed, she stated after her emotional victory: “I can’t […]

At Last for Marcos Madrid, at First for Brian Afanador

At Last for Marcos Madrid, at First for Brian Afanador 2016 ITTF-Latin American Olympic Games Qualification Courtesy of ITTF Beaten in the decisive contest to determine a place in Beijing, the same pain four years later when London was the goal; at last, at the third time of asking it is success for Marcos Madrid. […]

Adriana Diaz & Brian Afanador Royal Subjects

Utuado Celebrates, Adriana Diaz and Brian Afanador Royal Subjects Courtesy of ITTF February 5, 2016 – The host nation celebrated on the evening of Friday February 5th at the 2016 ITTF-Latin American Championships in the Coliseo Municipal Pedrín Zorrilla in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Brian Afanador brought the day to a close by beating Paraguay’s […]

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