The successful Brazilian Men's Team at the 8th South American Games
Brazil emerged as the most successful country in the table tennis events at the 8th South American Games which concluded in Buenos Aires on Tuesday 14th November 2006.
They ended proceedings with three gold, four silver and four bronze medals.
The gold medals came in the Men's and Women's Team events plus the Men's Doubles.
In the Menís Team event the Brazilian trio of Hugo Hoyama, Thiago Monteiro, Cazuo Matsumoto prevailed three-one against Argentina and thus reversed the result of the Menís Team final earlier in the year, at the Latin American Championships in Colombia.
Argentina made the better start in the final with Liu Song beating Hugo Hoyama but then success for Thiago Monteiro against Gaston Loud, Cazuo Matsumoto in opposition to Pablo Tabachnik and Thiago Monteiro when facing Liu Song brought victory to Brazil.
A three-one score line in the Menís Team final and the same result in the Womenís Team final against Chile.
Ligia Silva was the backbone of Brazilian success beating both Natalia Castellano and Berta Rodrigues with Karen Sako defeating Paulina Sees to cement victory. The one success for Chile came from Berta Rodrigues against Martiany Nonaka.
Venezuela won bronze alongside Chile in the Menís Team competition and alongside Colombia in the womenís event.
The one further gold medal for Brazil came in the Menís Doubles where Hugo Hoyama and Thiago Monteiro beat colleagues Casuo Matsumoto and Gustavo Tsuboi in the final. with Argentine pairings Gaston Alto and Oscar Gonzalez plus Liu Song and Pablo Tabachnik gaining bronze.
Gold for Argentina
Defeat for Argentina in the Menís Team event but success in the Menís Singles where Liu Song captured the title at the final expense of Brazilís Gustavo Tsuboi with Argentinaís Pablo Tabachnik and Brazilís Hugo Hoyama the bronze medallists.
In the Womenís Singles and Womenís Doubles it was Venezuela who emerged as the dominant force thanks largely to the skills of Fabiola Ramos.
She won the Womenís Singles crown beating Brazilís Ligia Silva in the final with Brazilís Mariany Nonaka and Colombiaís Paula Medina the losing semi-finalists. A further title came in the Womenís Doubles where she partnered Ruiada Ezzeddine to victory, the pair accounting for Venezuelaís Mariana Guanchez and Maria Mata in the final.
Brazilís Mariany Nonaka and Ligia Silva plus Colombiaís Johana Arque and Paula Medina were the bronze medals.
Title for Chile
Meanwhile, in the Mixed Doubles, Chile captured their one and only gold medal with Juan Papic and Berta Rodrigues being crowned champions.
Brazilís Thiago Monteiro and Ligia Silva captured silver with their compatriots Hugo Hoyama and Mariany Nonaka plus Chileís Augusto Morales and Melita YaŮez being the bronze medallists.
The Brazilian Womenís Team, gold medallists in Buenos Aires
Photo by Rodrigo Stafford