Calderano and Diaz won gold in singles table tennis at the 2019 Pan American Games. By winning, the athletes have also qualified a quota to the Olympics. Table tennis at the Pan American Games is currently being held in Lima, Peru from August 4th to August 10th 2019.
The women’s singles saw a big upset in the second round as Canada’s Mo Zhang, the top seed of the tournament lost to Mexico’s Yadira Silva. The final came down to the defending Pan American Games champion Yue Wu of the United States and second seed Adriana Diaz of Puerto Rico as they defeated Puerto Rico’s Melanie Diaz (4-2) and Brazil’s Bruna Takahashi (4-0) respectively. The two losing semi-finalist were awarded the bronze medal. Diaz won the gold medal via a 4-1 victory over Wu.
The largest upset in the men’s singles came in the second round as second seed Gustavo Tsuboi of Brazil lost to Dominican Republic’s Jiaji Wu 4-2. Wu would go on to reach the final, defeating third see Kanak Jha of the United States. The other finalist was overall top seed Hugo Calderano of Brazil whom defeated Canada’s Eugene Wang 4-2. Calderano successfully defended his 2015 gold medal by defeating Wu in a 4-3 set thriller.
By winning a quota at the Pan American Games one less quota will be available at the Latin American continental qualifier, provided that the nation does not qualify in the team event. The next qualification event for table tennis will be at the 2019 African Games where team quotas will be allocated.
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