Brazil and Argentina rally for Para table tennis titles08.12.2017
Both countries win four gold medals at PTT American Regional Championships
Brazil and Argentina shared the spoils for medals as the 2017 Para Table Tennis American Regional Championships closed on 3 December in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Each country claimed four titles while Brazil got the better of the three head-to-head showdowns between the two nations.
Twenty-one old Brazilian Jennyfer Marques did not drop a set all tournament as she reclaimed her title from 2013 with a 3-0 humbling of Argentine veteran Giselle Munoz in the final.
A pulsating clash in the men’s class 1 final saw Argentina’s Fernando Emanuel Eberhardt hold off a late comeback from Brazil’s reigning champion Aloisio Lima Juniorto win 3-1.
There was a case of deja vu from the 2013 edition for Argentina’s Dario Andres Neira as he once again lost to a Brazilian in the class 10 final. But this year it was to Braz Claudio Massad who claimed his first regional title 3-0.
Brazil’s Paulo Sergio Salmin Filho retained his men’s class 7 title for the third time in a row after he dismantled Columbia’s Jose David Vargas Pirajan 3-0 in the final.
Guilherme Marcio da Costa beat compatriot and five-time winner Irandilo Conceicao Espindola in an all Brazilian men’s class 2 semi-final. However, da Costa could not secure gold as he was beaten convincingly by Mexico’s Victor Eduardo Reyes Turcio.
After taking bronze in 2015, Argentina’s Gabriel Copola ended a superb tournament for 17-year-old Jenson Van Emburgh of the USA with gold in men’s class 4.
The men’s class 6 gave a good glimpse of what the future may look like as Chile’s Nicolas Lorca, 20, retained his title bearing the USA’s impressive 16-year-ol Ian Philip Seidenfeld.
Meanwhile hosts Costa Rica boasted the competition’s youngest winner in Steven Roman Chinchilla who, at only 15 years, became the new class 8 Americas champion after a 3-1 win against Chile’s 2013’s bronze medallist Jaime Jara Hernandez.
There was a huge shock in the men’s class 3 as Chile’s Luis Rodringo Bustamente Flores and Alfonso Enrique Diaz Angel ended Brazil’s 14-year reign as champions. The pair beat the Brazilian duo of Irandilo Conceicao Espindola and Guilherme Marcio da Costa in both the group and final stages; it was the first time both the Brazilians have gone without gold in the Championships since 2001.
Argentina on the other hand returned back to the top of the Americas class 4-5 teams for the first time since 2011, with Mauro Depergola, Daniel Ernesto Rodriquez Ochoa and Elias Isaac Esteban Romero cruising to gold without dropping a single set, while the USA took silver.
A first team title in six years was also clinched by Chile in the class 6-7 group contest, with Cristian Dettoni, Matias Nicolas Pino Lorca, Ignacio Hernan Torres Orostica winning all four matches on their way to the gold.
Canada also recovered brilliantly from a shaky group stage in class 8 as Ian Kent, Masoud Mojtahed and Curtis Caron edged Columbia 2-1 in the final to reclaim their team gold from 2013.
Brazil did however find some joy in the class 9-10 contest. Diego Moreira completed a very impressive tournament when he and Claudio Massad retained Brazil’s 2015 team title with a 2-0 final win against Columbia.
Complete results from the 2017 Para Table Tennis American Regional Championships are available on the International Table Tennis Federation Para Table Tennis website.