by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
Selecting from Gustav Gertsmann, Henrique Noguti, Shim Joon and Luigi Yamana; Brazil duly secured first place in their Under 13 Boys’ Team event group. They finished ahead of the Ecuador trio formed by Jeremy Cedeño, Huan Nogales and Diego Piguave.
“It feels good to finish in first place; we had tough opponents.” Shim Joon
In the corresponding group, Peru who selected from Carlos Fernandez, Nicolas Luna, David Mamani and Adrian Rubinos secured top spot with the Argentine trio of Ulises Lemos, Tomas Sanchi and Franco Spinelli in second place.
Likewise, in both the Under 13 Girls’ Team event and the Under 11 Boys’ Team competition, Brazil ended the day in top spot.
Impressively, in the former, represented by Laira Silva, Giulia Takahashi and Laura Watanabe, top spot was seized ahead of Peru’s Ana Aragon, Lucciana Cisneros and Maria Maldonado. Similarly, in the latter, it was first place for Guilherme Marchiori, and Leonardo IIzuka with Ecuador’s Esteban Alban, Joel Espinoza and Henry Ibarra in runners up spot.
“I feel very happy, it was good team work. We strove to get the first place. Now we hope to continue playing well in the next match.” Giulia Takahashi
“I think we gained top spot by supporting each other, vibrating, encouraging each other all the time. We never gave up, always tried hard and gave our best. I hope one day to be a champion.” Leonardo IIzuka
Responding to the occasion, in the adjacent groups, in the Under 13 Girls’ Team competition Argentina’s Divina Ding and Elea Hernandez finished in first place with the Chilean selection of Fernanda Araneda, Josefina Lara and Catalina Muñoz next in line.
In the Under 11 Boys’ Team event, Argentina with Nicolas Callaba, Tiago Peralta and Tomas Saavedra Alin in action secured first place; runners up spot was claimed by the Peruvian quartet of Angelo Ardito, Mali Puerta, Fernando Ortiz and Renzo Zeballos.
Meanwhile, in the Under 11 Girls’ Team event, Peru’s Ana Yenobi and Valentina Zea finished ahead of Ecuador’s Angelica Arellano and Maria Jose Borja; Colombia’s Ana Isaza and Mariana Ruiz secured top spot ahead of the Chilean outfit comprising Martina Montecino, Sofia Perez, Marcia Valenzuela and Catalina Zuniga.
Play in the team events concludes on Thursday 18th May.
Photos: courtesy of Paloma Mutti
2017 South American Under 13 and Under 11 Championships: Results – First Stage Under 11 Boys’ Team Event
2017 South American Under 13 and Under 11 Championships: Results – First Stage Under 11 Girls’ Team Event
2017 South American Under 13 and Under 11 Championships: Results – First Stage Under 13 Boys’ Team Event
2017 South American Under 13 and Under 11 Championships: Results – First Stage Under 13 Girls’ Team Event