Sunday, March 31, 2013

PARC - 2013 Pan American Championships - Medal summary

Paola Longoria of Mexico has now won more gold medals in singles at the Pan American Championships than any other player, as she won her 5th gold in Cali, Colombia Saturday. She's also won gold twice in doubles with Samantha Salas, and her overall total of seven gold is second all time for a player at Pan Ams behind only Jackie Paraiso with ten (1 singles & 9 doubles).

American Sharon Jackson won gold in her first appearance for the USA. She's the first American to win gold as a rookie since Ben Croft did so in 2009 at the Pan American Championships in men's doubles playing with Mitch Williams.

Jackson won gold in women's doubles with Rhonda Rajsich, and it was Rajsich's fourth career gold medal at the Pan American Championships, putting her fifth all time in the overall gold medal count for women behind Paraiso, Longoria, Michelle Gould (USA; 6, 4 in singles 2 in doubles) and Cheryl Gudinas (USA; 5, 4 in singles, 1 in doubles).

Jackson also medalled in singles, as she was one of the bronze medalists.

Like Jackson, Marco Rojas was an American rookie, and he earned silver medals in singles and doubles.

By our count, Jackson and Rojas are the 90th and 91st players to play for Team USA. Jansen Allen was playing for Team USA for the third time, and Rajsich's appearance was her 14th in the red, white and blue. Rajsich's first was back in 2002 at the Pan Am Championships, when she played singles and doubles, with Kim Russell.

The next international racquetball competition will be the 2013 World Games which will also be held in Cali, Colombia from July 25 to August 4. The racquetball competition is taking place July 26-28.

2013 Pan American Championships
Cali, Colombia

Men's Singles

GOLD - Polo Gutierrez (Mexico)
SILVER - Marco Rojas (USA)
BRONZE - Carlo Keller (Bolivia) and Felipe Mercado (Bolivia)

Women's Singles

GOLD - Paola Longoria (Mexico)
SILVER - Rhonda Rajsich (USA)
BRONZE - Sharon Jackson (USA) and Samantha Salas (Mexico)

Men's Doubles

GOLD - Javier Moreno & Polo Gutierrez (Mexico)
SILVER - Jansen Allen & Marco Rojas (USA)
BRONZE - Sebastian Franco & Juan Herrera (Colombia) and Felipe Camacho Martin & Joaquin Solera (Costa Rica)

Women's Doubles

GOLD - Sharon Jackson & Rhonda Rajsich (USA)
SILVER - Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas (Mexico)
BRONZE - Angela Grisar & Carla Muñoz (Chile) and Jenny Daza & Adriana Riveros (Bolivia)

Medal Count by Country

Mexico - 3 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze
USA - 1 Gold, 3 Silver, 1 Bronze
Bolivia - 0 Gold, 0 Silver, 3 Bronze
Colombia - 0 Gold, 0 Silver, 1 Bronze
Chile - 0 Gold, 0 Silver, 1 Bronze
Costa Rica - 0 Gold, 0 Silver, 1 Bronze

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