by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
In the Women’s events, Brazilian hopes of gold are high.
Competing in a group organised competition, in Class 1-5, the outfit comprising Camila dos Santos, Maria de Freitas and Raiza da Silva recorded a two-one win against Mexico’s Claudia Banuelos and America Aguilar.
Meanwhile, in Class 6-10, Lethicia Lacerda and Danielle Rauen duly booked their place in the final courtesy of a two-nil win in opposition to Mexico’s Edith Zapata and Jeanelly Gongora.
A minimum silver medal is guaranteed for both outfits. Camila dos Santos, Maria de Freitas and Raiza da Silva oppose Colombia’s Manuela Guapi and Sara Leon in the title decider; Lethicia Lacerda and Danielle Rauen face a final confrontation against Argentina’s Juliana Frutos and Aylen Schevintt.
In the corresponding contest in Class 1-5, Manuela Guapi and Sara Leon recorded a two-nil win in opposition to Claudia Banuelos and America Aguilar; at the semi-final stage of Class 6-10, Juliana Frutos and Aylen Schevintt posted a two-nil success in opposition to Colombia’s Leidy Rivera and Juliana Valbuena.
Likewise in Men’s Team Class 6-7; it is either gold or silver for Paulo Fonseca and Gustavo Laskosky; the Brazilians booked their place in the final courtesy of a two-nil success against Chile’s Ignacio Torres and Claudio Bahamondes.
In the title decider, they confront the Costa Rican partnership of Steven Roman and Hernan Rojas; like the Brazilians, they were most impressive in the penultimate round; a two-nil win was the outcome in opposition to Colombia’s Cristian Aguilar and David Vargas.
Meanwhile, in Men’s Team Class 1-5, a tough task awaits. In a group organised event, Matheus Batista and Guilherme de Andrade experienced a two-one defeat at the hands of Colombia’s Alejandro Gomez and Andres Orjuela.
They now face the in-form Argentina duo of Mauro Deibe and Elias Romero in their concluding fixture; impressively Mauro Deibe and Elias Romero recorded a two-nil win against Alejandro Gomez and Andres Orjuela.
Silver is still an option but in Men’s Team Class 8 and in Men’s Team Class 9, bronze is the Brazilian target.
After experiencing a two-nil defeat at the hands of Argentina’s Aleksy Kaniuka and Luciano Medina; Lucas Grilo and Carlos Valerio meet Canada’s Curtis Caron and Gabriel Seguin in the Class 8 third place contest.
Similarly, following a two-nil reverse for Lucas dos Santos and David do Santos in opposition to Chile’s Manuel Echaveguren and Alvaro Vega in the Class 9-10 bronze medal duel.
Aleksy Kaniuka and Luciano Medina meet Chile’s Matias Pino and Marcelo Saavedra in the Class 8 final; Manuel Echaveguren and Alvaro Vega oppose Mexico’s Martin Morales and Miguel Vazquez in the Class 9-10 gold medal decider.
Play concludes on Friday 24th March.
2017 Youth Parapan American Games: Results of Team Events (Thursday 23rd March)