by Ian Marshall, Editor
The winner of men’s singles class 4 on the third day of play, as the curtain closed in the Peruvian capital city, alongside colleague Maximiliano Rodriguez, he prevented a Brazilian team clean sweep.
Not listed amongst the seeded teams, competing in men’s team class 3-5, the duo overcame Brazil’s David Andrade de Freitas and Welder Knaf, the no.2 seeds, to seal the title. A hard earned 2-0 margin of victory was the order of the day. The doubles was secured by the very narrowest of margins (5-11, 14-12, 0-11, 11-5, 11-9) before Cristian Gonzalez returned to the table to cement the victory; in an equally tense contest he accounted for David Andrade de Freitas (11-4, 8-11, 2-11, 11-8, 11-6).
Silver for Brazil, in the remaining categories it was gold. In the men’s team events, in class 1-2 Guilherme Marcio da Costa and Iranildo Espindola justified their top seeded position to claim the top prize; at the final hurdle they recorded a 2-0 win against Chile’s Luis Bustamente and Vicente Leiva.
Likewise, in class 6-8, Paulo Salmin and Francisco de Melo asserted their authority on proceedings; also the top seeds, they posted a 2-0 win against the United States combination of Ian Seidenfeld and Marko Makkar.
Imposing, in class 9-10, it was the very same from Carlos Carbinatti and Diego Moreira; also the top seeds, they recorded a 2-0 margin of victory in opposition to Chile’s Manuel Echaveguren and Gustav Castro.
Titles for the men; it was the same for their female counterparts. In the one women’s team event staged, the combination of Joyce de Oliveira, Thais Fraga Severo and Marliane Amaral Santos struck gold in class 2-5; at the final hurdle the top seeds, the secured a 2-0 win against Mexico’s Edith Sigala and Martha Verdin, the no.2 seeds.
Success on the concluding day of play; Brazil duly ended proceedings as the leading nation in the table tennis events. The final tally read: nine gold, six silver and nine bronze. Next in line came Chile with four gold, three silver and six bronze, ahead of Mexico three gold and three silver.
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