Canada Win Dramatic Final – Day 3: Pan Am Championships Team Event

Canada Win Dramatic Final – Day 3: Pan Am Championships Team Event

Canada came from behind to stun Brazil 3-2 to win the XX Pan American Badminton Championships Team Event 2016 yesterday. Peru won third place.

With Brazil leading 2-1, and with their Men’s Doubles pair Hugo Arthuso/Daniel Paiola the overwhelming favourites against Phil Gaumond/Maxime Marin, the Brazilians would have assumed the title wasn’t far from their grasp.

Nyl Yakura & Brittney Tam

But Gaumond and Marin (featured image) made light of the massive difference in the rankings, as the World No.413 pair kept their heads in a riveting battle against No.72 Arthuso and Paiola to prevail 24-22 15-21 27-25.

That set the stage for the deciding fifth match, the Mixed Doubles clash between Canada’s Nyl Yakura/Brittney Tam and Alex Tjong/Luana Vicente.

The match swung one way and then another, before the Canadians claimed the final point and the title, 21-19 10-21 21-18.

Diego Mini CuadrosEarlier, Canada had taken the lead through Brittney Tam in Women’s Singles, after she won a close battle against Lohaynny Vicente 21-13 14-21 21-19.

Ygor Coelho de Oliveira came to Brazil’s rescue in Men’s Singles, maintaining his unbeaten record in the tournament with a 18-21 21-15 21-11 win over Jason Ho-Shue.

Brazil grabbed the lead in Women’s Doubles through the Vicente sisters Lohaynny and Luana, as they decimated Stephanie Pakenham/Josephine Wu 21-17 21-12.

Third Place for Peru

Peru overcame early hiccups to breeze past Jamaica 3-0. The toughest challenge Peru faced was in the opening Mixed Doubles: Diego Mini Cuadros/Luz Maria Zornoza Roca Rey emerged victorious after a difficult battle over Anthony Mcnee/Mikaylia Haldane, 23-21 19-21 21-16.

It was easy sailing for Peru from then on. Daniela Macias Brandes jogged past Katherin Wynter 21-5 21-13 in Women’s Singles, before Mini Cuadros wrapped it up 21-19 21-13 over Dennis Coke.

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