Tournaments

25 Aug 2019

Brazil’s Joyce Oliveira and Danielle Rauen alongside their male colleagues Paulo Salmin, Luis Guarnieri Manara and Carlos Carbinatti repeated their success of four yours ago in Toronto when, on Saturday 24th August, they emerged successful at the Lima 2019 Para Pan American Games.

Likewise, there was repeat success for Chile’s Matias Pino Lorca and Tal Leibovitz of the United States but most significantly, alongside the remaining winners, a place in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games was reserved.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Gold medallist at the Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games and in the individual events the same colour medal at every Para Pan American Games since 2003 in Brasilia, Tal Leibovitz made it five in a row by securing the men’s singles class 9 title; at the final hurdle he accounted for Mexico’s Miguel Vazquez (11-9, 7-11, 7-11, 11-9, 12-10).

A fifth for Tal Leibovitz, for Matias Pino Lorca it was a second; in the title decider he accounted for Ian Seidenfeld (11-9, 11-9, 11-4), like Tal Leibovitz from the United States.

Gold once again for Matias Pino Lorca (Photo: Sebastian Castañeda / Lima 2019) Mandatory credits: Lima 2019

 

Success for the United States and Chile but the day belonged to Brazil.

In the men’s singles categories, Paulo Salmin claimed the class 7 title finishing ahead of Argentina’s Aleksy Kaniuka in a group organised event. Meanwhile, Luis Guarnieri Manara overcame Costa Rica’s Steven Roman to emerge the class 8 winner, Carlos Carbinatti clinched the class 10 title, as in Toronto, beating colleague Claudio Massad (11-6, 11-9, 11-7) in the final.

Paulo Salmin once again a gold medallist (Photo: Daniel Zappe / EXEMPLUS / CPB)

 

Similarly, in the women’s singles events, Joyce Oliveira beat Mexico’s Martha Verdin (11-4, 9-11, 11-6, 11-9) to secure class 4 gold; Danielle Rauen clinched the class 9-10 title at the expense of colleague Jennyfer Parinos (11-4, 11-2, 11-3).

Titles defended but there were two events where Brazilians fell short. In women’s singles class 2-3, Catia Oliveira, who had won class 1-2 in Toronto, witnessed defeat at the semi-final stage, losing to compatriot, Marliane Santos (11-7, 10-12, 11-5, 11-5), the eventual silver medallist. She was beaten in the final by Mexico’s Edith Sagala (11-9, 12-10, 11-9).

Joyce Oliveira, once again gold (Photo: Daniel Zappe / EXEMPLUS / CPB)

 

Also, in the men’s singles events, it was not to be a repeat for Aloisio Lima or for David Andrade de Freitas. Competing in class 1, Aloisio Lima was beaten in the final by Cuba’s Yunier Fernandez (11-5, 11-2, 11-6); for David Andrade de Freitas, it was a rather earlier exit. On duty in class 3, he experienced a semi-final quarter-final defeat at the hands of Jenson Van Emburgh of the United States (11-5, 11-13, 11-8, 11-9), the eventual runner up. He caused Brazil more pain by beating Welder Knaf, the top seed (11-8, 9-11, 11-4, 11-9), prior to experiencing defeat in the final when opposing Argentina’s Gabriel Copola (7-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-9).

Gold for Argentina and there was more gold; Mauro Depergola beat Ahad Sarand of the United States (7-11, 11-6, 10-12, 11-6, 11-9).

Once again Mauro Depergola en route to the Paralympic Games (Photo: Richard Kalocsai)

 

Likewise, there was more success for Chile and Mexico. Following in the footsteps of Matias Pino Lorca and Tamara Leonelli who had won women’s singles class 5 the previous day, Cristian Gonzalez secured the men’s singles class 4 title; emulating Edith Sigala, Victor Reyes emerged successful in men’s singles class 2, Claudia Perez in women’s singles class 7.

Claudia Perez finished in first place in a group administered event ahead of Argentina’s Giselle Muñoz, who as in Toronto had to settle for silver; Victor Reyes beat Chile’s Luis Bustamente in the final (11-9, 8-11, 16-14, 10-12, 11-6). Similarly in the title decider, Cristian Gonzalez accounted for Brazil’s Eziquiel Babes (1106, 11-5, 11-9).

Gold for Cristian Gonzalez (Photo: Grega Valancic / Sportida)

 

Attention now turns to the team events; play concludes in Lima on Tuesday 27th August.

Lima 2019 Para Pan American Games: Draws and Latest Results

Lima 2019 Para Pan American Games: Official Website

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