20 Nov 2018

Proceedings ready to start, it is the Men’s Team and Women’s Team events which commence matters at the 2018 ITTF Pan American Championships in Santiago on Tuesday 20th November.

In Cartagena da Indias just over one year ago, Brazil won both competitions, in the former beating Argentina to secure gold, in the latter the United States; in the Chilean capital city in both disciplines, they are the top seeds.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Now in Santiago, Eric Jouti, Vitor Ishiy and Thiago Monteiro are once again named in the Brazilian line-up but there is no Hugo Calderano. He is replaced by Humberto Manhani.

In the Women’s Team, there is no place for Bruna Alexandre on duty last year, Caroline Kumahara and Jessica Yamada join the team. Once again Gui Lin and Bruna Takahashi are present.

Similarly, there are changes in the Argentine Men’s Team selection; Gaston Alto and Horacio Cifuentes remain but there is no place for Martin Bentancor and Pablo Tabachnik; they give way to Nicolas Galvano and Francisco Sanchi.

Changes, it is even more pronounced with regards to the United States in the Women’s Team event. Only Wu Yue remains from Cartagena da Indias, there are no places for Crystal Wang, Grace Yang or Rachel Yang; in Santiago Angela Guan, Wang Xinyue and Lily Zhang complete the team.

Top seeds last year, the United States occupy the no.2 seeded spot this year. Next on the list is the host nation represented by Paulina Vega, Judith Morales, Daniela Ortega and Valentina Rios. Puerto Rico, selecting from Adriana Diaz, Melanie Diaz, Daniely Rios and Fabiola Diaz complete the top four seeds.

Meanwhile, in the Men’s Team event, Argentina reserves the no.3 seeded spot behind the Chilean combination of Felipe Olivares, Gustavo Gomez, Juan Lamadrid and Alfonso Olave. Once again, as in the Women’s Team competition, Puerto Rico is listed in the no.4 seeded position; the Caribbean island selects from Brian Afanador, Daniel Gonzalez, Ricardo Jimenez and Yomar Gonzalez.

Overall 15 outfits compete in the Men’s Team events, the number being 12 in the Women’s Team competition.

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