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  • Canadians Dominating Badminton in Lima


    (ATR) The final day of the badminton competition at the Pan American Games in Lima offers five gold medal matches, all of which feature at least one Canadian athlete.
    Canada's Kristen Tsai and Rachel Honderich are in the doubles final. Honderich is also in the singles final. (Lima 2019)

    Two of the finals – the women’s singles and the mixed doubles – are all-Canadian affairs.

    The men’s doubles and the women’s doubles will pit North American rivals Canada and the United States.

    Ygor Coehlo of Brazil, who faces Brian Yang of Canada in the men’s singles final, is the only athlete not from the USA or Canada to reach the last round.

    Rachel Honderich of Canada is in contention for gold medals in both the women’s singles and women’s doubles.

    Like Canada in badminton, Cuba has dominated the men’s boxing tournament. The traditional boxing juggernaut won four of the five finals on Thursday night and has four more fighters going for the gold on Friday, the final day of the boxing competition in Lima.

    On the women’s side, the USA has a chance to win gold in three of the five weight classifications in Lima. Oshae Jones won the welterweight final on Thursday night. Ginny Fuchs in the flyweight and Naomi Graham in the middleweight both face Colombian opponents Friday evening.

    Medals are also on offer in track cycling, diving, shooting, and surfing (stand up paddle).

    The United States is maintaining its massive lead in the medals table. A total of 85 is 31 more than the closest challengers in Mexico and Canada. Brazil is fourth and the host country Peru is ninth, with 12 medals, four of them gold.

    Written by Gerard Farek in Lima.

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