Brazil and the United States both won gold in table tennis at the Pan American Games. The winner of the single events qualifies to the Olympics as the quota is tied to the athlete, not the nation. The Pan America Games are currently being held in Toronto, Canada from July 7th to July 26th 2015. The table tennis events were held from July 19th to July 25th 2015.
The men’s singles event was dominated by Brazil as not only did all three reach the quarters, but they all reached the semifinals. Canada’s Eugene Wang was unable to stop Brazil from guaranteeing to win a quota as he lost to Hugo Calderano in a narrow 4-3 match. Calderano would eventually win the gold and Olympic quota by defeating compatriot Gustavo Tsuboi 4-3. Because Brazil has won a quota their men’s host quota has been removed and will be reallocated to the next best ranked athlete in the world rankings.
Brazil also had a strong display in the women’s singles, but they were challenged by the United States as both nations qualified two athletes to the semifinals. Both nations won a semi-final match where United States’ Yue Wu defeated Brazil’s Caroline Kumahara and Brazil’s Lin Gui defeated United States’ Lily Zhang 4-0 and 4-3 respectively. In the final Wu took a 2-0 when Gui won the next 3 games to take the lead. Wu however was able to win the next two matches defeating Gui 4-3 to take gold and the Olympic quota.
Because Brazil and the United States won the tournament one fewer spot will be offered during their respective continental qualifier. For Latin America only 5 spots will be offered in the men’s tournament instead of six while only 2 women’s spots will be offered in the North America tournament instead of three.
Quotas by Nation
- Brazil – 1
- United States – 1
ITTF. Success at First Attempt, Hugo Calderano and Wu Yue Secure Pan American Titles. Access on July 25 2015.