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20 Sep 2017

Mexico Celebrate Triple PanAm Gold In Argentina

12 Sep 2017

Whilst hosts Argentina scored two gold medals in the 2017 Pan American Squash Championships at Tortugas Country Club in the country's capital Buenos Aires, Mexico came away with a triple gold haul in the annual Panamerican Federation of Squash event.

It was in the Women's Individual event that Mexico secured their first gold when Tour veteran Samantha Teran beat Diana Garcia 11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 11-6 in an all-Mexican final to win the title for a record eighth time since 2002.

Teran, the 36-year-old former world No.11, went on to lead her country to title success in the Women's Team Championship with a 2/1 win over Colombia.

Mexico's third gold came courtesy of brothers Cesar Salazar and Arturo Salazar who mounted a 2/0 upset for the second seeds over favourites Argentina in the Men's Team Championship final.

Argentina celebrated an unexpectedly impressive start to their 2017 campaign when outsider Robertino Pezzota, a 9/16 seed who reached the Men's Individual final following upsets over the three higher seeds including the No.2 seed, despatched compatriot Gonzalo Miranda, a 3/4 seed, 11-4, 11-9, 11-6 to win gold for the first time.

Miranda came back to strike gold with Antonella Falcione when the Argentine pair defeated Guatemala duo Winifer Bonilla & Mauricio Sedano 11-5, 11-9 in the Mixed Doubles final.

A sole gold came for Chile in the Women's Doubles event when Giselle Delgado & Anita Pinto beat Mexicans Diana Gasca & Karla Urrutia Gomez 11-8, 11-9 in the final.

Men's Individual semi-finals:
[3/4] Gonzalo Miranda (ARG) bt [1] Christopher Gordon (USA) 12-10, 11-6, 11-8 (40m)
[9/16] Robertino Pezzota (ARG) bt [3/4] Leandro Romiglio (ARG) 11-3, 9-11, 11-7, 11-4 (54m)
Final:
[9/16] Robertino Pezzota (ARG) bt [3/4] Gonzalo Miranda (ARG) 11-4, 11-9, 11-6 (43m)

Women's Individual semi-finals:
[1] Samantha Teran (MEX) bt [9/16] Laura Tovar (COL) 11-9, 11-2, 11-6 (30m)
[3/4] Diana Garcia (MEX) bt Karla Urrutia Gomez (MEX) 9-11, 11-2, 11-6, 11-1 (21m)
Final:
[1] Samantha Teran (MEX) bt [3/4] Diana Garcia (MEX) 11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 11-6 (45m)

Men's Doubles semi-finals:
[1] Eric Galvez & Arturo Salazar (MEX) bt [5/8] Chris Hanson & Faraz Khan (USA) 11-8, 11-9 (33m)
[5/8] Andrés Herrera & Juan Camilo Vargas (COL) bt [2] Rafael Allendes & Sebastian Gallegos (CHI) 11-8, 11-8 (75m)
Final:
[5/8] Andrés Herrera & Juan Camilo Vargas (COL) bt [1] Eric Galvez & Arturo Salazar (MEX) 11-6, 10-11, 11-8

Women's Doubles semi-finals:
[1] Giselle Delgado & Anita Pinto (CHI) bt [3/4] Laura Tovar & Maria Tovar Perez (COL) 8-11, 11-9, 11-10
[2] Diana Gasca & Karla Urrutia Gomez (MEX) bt [3/4] Mariam Kamal & Haley Mendez (USA) 11-9, 11-8 (16m)
Final:
[1] Giselle Delgado & Anita Pinto (CHI) bt [2] Diana Gasca & Karla Urrutia Gomez (MEX) 11-8, 11-9 (35m)

Mixed Doubles semi-finals:
[1] Antonella Falcione & Gonzalo Miranda (ARG) bt [3/4] Winifer Bonilla & Mauricio Sedano (GUA) 11-5, 11-9 (27m)
[3/4] Diana Garcia & Alfredo Avila (MEX) bt [2] Catalina Pelaez & Edgar Ramirez (COL) 11-10, 11-6 (28m)
Final:
[1] Antonella Falcione & Gonzalo Miranda (ARG) bt [3/4] Diana Garcia & Alfredo Avila (MEX) 11-9, 11-3 (50m)

Men's Team Championship final:
[2] MEXICO bt [1] ARGENTINA 2/0
Cesar Salazar bt Leandro Romiglio 11-8, 11-7, 11-8 (41m)
Arturo Salazar bt Robertino Pezzota 7-11, 12-10, 14-12, 11-7 (61m)
Bronze medallists: [3/4] COLOMBIA & [3/4] USA
Remaining final positions: 5 GUATEMALA, 6 CHILE, 7 BRAZIL, 8 CAYMAN ISLANDS, 9 BARBADOS, 10 BERMUDA

Women's Team Championship final:
[1] MEXICO bt [2] COLOMBIA 2/1
Samantha Teran bt Catalina Pelaez 11-5, 11-6, 11-7 (24m)
Diana Garcia lost to Laura Tovar 9-11, 11-8, 10-12, 6-11 (38m)
Karla Urrutia Gomez bt Maria Tovar Perez 11-6, 11-3, 11-4 (21m)
Bronze medallists: [3/4] ARGENTINA & [3/4] USA
Remaining final positions: 5 CHILE, 6 BARBADOS