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USA Celebrate Triple Gold PanAm Success In Ecuador

Panamerican Squash Championships, Cuenca, Ecuador

Final: USA bt MEXICO 3-0
Ryan Donegan bt Alejandro Hernandez 9-2, 9-0, 9-0
Julian Illingworth bt Erick Tepoz 9-5, 9-3, 9-1
Christopher Gordon bt Marco Toriz 9-0, 10-8

  3rd place play-off: ARGENTINA bt COLOMBIA
  5th place play-off: CANADA bt BRAZIL
  7th place play-off: GUATEMALA bt EL SALVADOR
  9th place play-off: PERU bt ECUADOR
  11th place play-off: VENEZUELA bye

Semi Finals
Christopher Gordon bt Santiago Montoya 4-9, 9-5, 10-9, 9-5
Julian Illingworth bt Rodrigo Torres 9-2, 10-8, 9-6
Ryan Donegan lost to Andres Vargas w/o
Marco Toriz bt Matias Valenzuela 9-3, 9-2, 9-1
Erick Tepoz bt Robertino Pezzota 9-6, 9-3, 9-7
Alejandro Hernandez lost to Hernan D'Arcangelo w/o


USA Celebrate Triple Gold PanAm Success In Ecuador

USA celebrated triple gold in the 2008 Panamerican Squash Championships in Cuenca, Ecuador, winning the men's and women's team titles together for the first time, and claiming their first men's individual gold.

Julian Illingworth, the silver medallist at the 2007 Pan American Games, defeated US compatriot Christopher Gordon 9-2, 9-0, 9-2 in the men's final to secure the title. The 24-year-old world No38 from Portland did not drop a single game on his way to winning the championship.

The US men's squad - with Illingworth and Gordon supported by Gilly Lane and Ryan Donegan - went on to win the team gold medal, beating Mexico 3/0 in the final. Led by world No4 Natalie Grainger, the US women's team made it a double - also beating Mexico 3/0 in the other team final.

“Winning the gold medal is exciting for me, but more importantly for the team, especially since it something we’ve never done before," said Illingworth. "This is the strongest team we have ever sent. With the depth these four players give us, we are able to mix and match well and we are really looking forward to competing for gold at the 2011 Pam Am Games."

Colombia claimed gold in the women's singles event, where Silvia Angulo Rugeles beat USA's Kristen Lange 9-7, 10-8, 9-2 in the final. Lange secured her surprise place in the final after upsetting top-seeded Brazilian Thaisa Serafini in the semi-finals.

Peru and Mexico shared the gold medal spoils in the Doubles competition. The men's final went the full distance, with Peruvians Mauricio Dasso & Andres Duany ultimately prevailing 11-9, 5-11, 11-9 over Brazil's Ronivaldo Santos & Vinicius Costa.

The women's final was a more straightforward affair, in which Mexicans Nayelly Hernandez & Graciela Lopez Perez beat Guatemala's Pamela Anckermann & Nicole Anckermann 11-5, 11-4.

"The Ecuador Squash Federation hosted the 2008 Panamerican Squash Championships in conjunction with the VI Olympic Festival of Ecuador," said Linda MacPhail, of the Federacion Panamericana De Squash Executive. "The Festival is a major sporting event in Ecuador, and is organized by the Ecuadorian Olympic Committee. This year's festival featured 41 sport events, including squash (one of only three Panamerican Championships).

"The event was held in the new public facility, the Complejo Bolivariano, which featured an international doubles court built to the new WSF specifications (as approved Dec 07). This was not only a great opportunity to showcase the sport of squash, but also the fantastic new venue in Cuenca."