27 Aug 2019

Brazil remained steadfast; following the close of play in Lima on Monday 26th August at the Para Pan American Games, in all five team events they remained on course for gold. However, the nation very much in the thick of the action was Chile.

They experienced both emotions; the delight of causing upsets, the pain of being on the receiving end.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

In the men’s team events, in class 1-2, not seeded, Luis Bustamente and Vicente Leiva recorded a 2-0 penultimate round win against the no.2 seeds, the Argentine pairing of Fernando Eberhardt and Guillermo Bustamente. In the final they now meet Brazil; the top seeds, Guilherme Marcio de Costa and Iranildo Espindola duly reserving their place in the final courtesy of a 2-0 win in opposition to Venezuela’s Gregory Moreno and Luis Rojas.

Likewise in class 3-5, Cristian Gonzalez and Maximiliano Rodriguez emerged surprise finalists; they recorded a 2-1 win against Venezuela’s Roberto Quijada and Noel Sandoval to claim their place in the title decider. Notably the previous day, the Venezuelans had gained first place in their group, accounting for the top seeded Argentine partnership of Mauro Depergola and Elias Romero. An impressive 2-0 win was the order of affairs.

Second place in the group meant a semi-final clash for Mauro Depergola and Elias Romero against the top seeded Brazilian outfit comprising David Andrade de Freitas, Eziquiel Babes and Welder Knaf. A 2-1 win in favour of Brazil was the outcome.

Similarly in class 9-10, Chile in the guise of Manuel Echaveguren and Gustavo Castro upset the order of merit; they gained a 2-0 semi-final win when facing the no.2 seeds the United States combination of Tahl Leibovitz and Jerry Vasquez. The win to note being that of Manuel Echaveguren; he accounted for Tahl Leibovitz (11-9, 5-11, 5-11, 13-11, 11-5), gold medallist in the individual event, to seal the victory.

In the final, the Chileans meet the top seeded Brazilian combination of Carlos Carbinatti, Claudio Massad and Diego Moreira; they booked their place in the final by securing a 2-1 win in opposition to Colombia’s Alvaro Puerto and Diego Jimenez.

Success for Chile but there was a result in the opposite direction, a reversal of the class 9-10 outcome. In class 6-8, the no.2 seeds, Cristian Dettoni and Matias Pino Lorca experienced a 2-0 penultimate round defeat in opposition to the United States partnership formed by Marco Makkar and Ian Seidenfeld. In the title decider, Brazil awaits. In the counterpart semi-final, the top seeds, Paulo Salmin and Luiz Guarnieri Manara clinched a 2-1 win in opposition to Colombia’s José Vargas and Diego Henao.

Brazil in the driving seat, it is the same in the one women’s team event being contested; represented by Joyce de Oliveira, Thais Fraga Severo and Marliane Amaral, a 2-0 win in opposition to Colombia’s Manuela Guapi and Nelly Sanchez reserved the place in the class 2-5 final. In the gold medal contest they meet the no.2 seeds, Mexico’s Edith Sigala and Martha Verdin; they posted a 2-1 semi-final win in opposition to the Argentine formation of Veronica Blanco, Maria Garrone and Nayla Kuell.

Play in Lima concludes on Tuesday 27th August.

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