The United States were crowned champions in the men’s water polo event at the 2015 Pan American Games. Only the winner of the men’s event was granted a spot to the Olympics. 2016 Olympic hosts Brazil was given Pan America’s spot to compete in the women’s competition. The Pan America Games are currently being held in Toronto, Canada from July 7th to July 26th 2015. Water polo was held from July 7th to July 15th 2015.
The biggest upset of the tournament occurred on the first day where fast developing Brazil defeated Canada by a score of 11-9. The match was significant because it meant Canada was forced to go up against the United States in the semi-finals. Argentina was the fourth team to advance to the semi-finals where they advanced due to goal differential after a 7-7 draw against Cuba.
The semi-final match between the United States and Canada was a close fought match, but it always had the sense where Canada would make a move the United States would counter it. The United States was able to win the match 9-8. The match turned out to be more significant as Brazil would later defeat Argentina 15-9 meaning the United States was guaranteed a spot to the Olympics as Brazil has already qualified.
Canada was able to win the bronze medal with a relative 16-8 win over Argentina. In the final the United States was able to build up a two goal lead after the first half and was then able to maintain that lead for the rest of the match winning the gold medal with a score of 11-9.
The Olympic dream is not over for Canada as they along with Argentina and Mexico will all be able to compete in the final Olympic qualification tournament for the remaining spots. Canada and Argentina could also qualify at the World Aquatics Championships which are set to begin at the end of this month.
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- Toronto2015. Water Polo – Schedule & Results. Access on July 15 2015.