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  • Canada Cruises in Pan Am Badminton


    08/03/19

    (ATR) Canada had the chance to win all five of the gold medals on the final day of competition for badminton at the VIDENA venue..

    Canada's Jason Ho-Sue and Nyl Yakura win men's doubles in badminton (Lima 2019)
    In the end, they settled for four out of five with Brazil breaking up the possible sweep.

    For the first match of the day, the Canadian team of Jason Ho-Shue and Nyl Yakura won the gold medal in badminton men's doubles defeating the USA team of Ryan and Phillip Chew 2-1.

    “The medal win means a lot for us. It’s a big part of qualifying for the Olympics, so for us were really happy for the win.” said Ho-Shue and Yakura.

    Next on court, the Canadian team of Rachel Honderich and Kristen Tsai won the gold medal in the women’s doubles, defeating the USA team of Kuei-Ya Chen and Jamie Hsu 2-1.

    With the final two matches of the day both all-Canadian affairs, the men’s singles match now stood as the last obstacle to a Canadian sweep.

    But Brazil's Ygor Coelho had other ideas, defeating Canada's Brian Yang 2-0.

    Coelho’s coach Nadia Lyduch tells Around the Rings, “I think the first set was very even and I had an idea that if we could pull through the first set that we would be stronger both physically and mentally. And also Brian is very young, so it must be a lot of pressure for a young guy and I think he has been playing a good tournament. He is a very talented player.”

    Canada's Kristen Tsai and Rachel Honderich defeated the USA to win women's doubles. (Lima 2019)
    Michelle Li then won gold in the women’s singles over Honderich, who had topped the podium earlier in the day in the women's doubles.

    “I think over the years the standard and the level of badminton in Canada has grown a lot. The last Olympics it was just two players that went and next year we have a full I guess roster. So I think the sport in Canada is growing and I think people are starting to believe and have more confidence as we step out into the world stage.” Li told ATR.

    In the final match of the day, Joshua Hurlburt-Yu and Josephine Wu faced off against Nyl Yakura and Kristen Tsai in the mixed doubles.

    Hurlburt-Yu and Wu prevailed 2-1 to end a fantastic day for the Canadians, who took home four gold and three silver medals.

    Badminton has been on the Pan Am program since Mar del Plata, Argentina, in 1995. It is in both the Summer Olympics and the Asian Games.

    Written and reported by Greer Wilson in Lima

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