Thursday, August 8 –Day 5 of Competition – Medal Rounds
Hanson Wins SILVER!
Team USA advanced two players to the quarter finals and the final day of competition. Austin Hanson (KS) the USA’s #1 ranked BC3 player and Cornelius Oatis (OH) our #1 ranked BC1 player.
Cornelius Oatis (OH) earned his spot in the quarter finals winning 3 of 4 games in pool play. His pool results included:
4-3 win Vs Elizabeth Flora-Swick (USA)
2-3 loss Vs Jose Oliveira (Brazil)
6-1 win Vs Raquel Cerqueira (Brazil)
4-3 win Vs Jose Bermeo (Colombia)
Cornelius met Mauricio Javier Ibarbure of Argentina in the quarterfinals. Ibarbure, ranked #15 in the world, was undefeated in Pool B with three straight wins. Cornelius started well by stealing a point off of Ibarbure’s jack ball in the first end after Ibarbure decided to play long ball. Ibarbure returned the favor in the second and tied the game 1-1. Ibarbure tried the long ball again in the third and Cornelius once again took advantage of it and scored 2 points to lead 3-1. Cornelius made a mental error and in the third end and let Ibarbure back in the game. Ibarbure tied the game in the fourth to force overtime. The jack ball was moved to the cross and Ibarbue had a better center court game and scored the OT point to win. Cornelius had a great tournament in only his second international tournament.
Austin Hanson (KS) has the most international experience and was most likely of any Team USA member to advance to the medal round. He made it to the medal round by winning all three games in pool play.
3-1 win Vs Jair Garavito (Colombia)
9-1 win Vs Juan Rivera (Colombia)
16-0 win Vs Maria Soto (Chili)
Austin’s opponent in the quarterfinals was Julia Elena Rebolledo of Argentina. Austin started strong scoring 1 point in the first and 4 points in the second to lead 5-0 at the midway point. Rebolledo got on the board in the third, but only scored 1 point. Austin scored in the final end to win 5-1 and advance to the semi-finals.
Austin would meet Anderson Oliveira of Brazil in the semi-finals. Austin carried the momentum of his earlier win into the semis and scored 3 points in the first two ends and 2 more points in the third to take a commanding lead 5-0. Oliveira attempted a comeback but only scored 3 in the fourth as Austin moved on to the GOLD medal match with a 5-3 win.
Paul Gauthier of Canada won the other spot in the Championship Game and would face Austin for GOLD. Austin played a very defensive first end and limited Gauthier to only one point. Austin had a big misplay in the second end and allowed the Canadian to score 3 points off of his jack and take a 4-0 lead. Gauthier had interrupted play twice for more than 5 minutes asking for questionable rulings from the head official which interrupted flow of the match. Austin settled down and scored points in the third and fourth ends but fell short and fell 4-2 to earn a SILVER medal.
Team USA did not have players in the BC2 or BC4 quarter finals but had players do very well in both divisions.
Thanks to the coaches and Sport Assistants on Team USA for all your hard work throughout the Americas Cup week. Our national program was well represented.
Special thanks to Mark Flora-Swick, Cathy Drobny and the entire staff of the Americas Cup organizing committee for a wonderful tournament. Their hard work and countless hours behind the scenes resulted in a very well-run tournament.