TABLE TENNIS: Best-ever U.S. performance in Pan Am Championships with four golds

U.S. table tennis star Lily Zhang

The third edition of the ITTF Pan American Championships, held in Asuncion, Paraguay, was a showcase for the United States, with four gold medals and six total, its best performance ever in this tournament.

Lily Zhang was the main star for the U.S., winning the women’s Singles and playing on the winning women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles teams. The U.S. women also took the team title, so Zhang left with a full suitcase of medals.

The men won two bronzes: Kanak Jha in Singles and in the Team competition. Summaries:

ITTF Pan American Championships
Asuncion (PAR) ~ 3-8 September 2019
(Full results here)

Men/Singles: 1. Vitor Ishiy (BRA); 2. Gaston Alto (ARG); 3. Kanak Jha (USA) and Gustavo Tsuboi (BRA). Final: Ishiy d. Alto, 4-1.

Men/Doubles: 1. Gaston Alto/Horacio Cifuentes (ARG); 2. Eric Jouti/Gustavo Tsuboi (BRA); 3. Gustavo Gomez/Juan Lamadrid (CHI) and Marcus Madrid/Ricardo Villa (MEX). Final: Alto/Cifuentes d. Jouti/Tsuboi, 3-1.

Men/Team: 1. Brazil; 2. Puerto Rico; 3. United States and Canada. Final: Brazil d. Puerto Rico, 3-1.

Women/Singles: 1. Lily Zhang (USA); 2. Bruna Takahashi (BRA); 3. Mo Zhang (CAN) and Yue Wu (USA). Final: Zhang d. Takahasi, 4-0.

Women/Doubles: 1. Yue Wu/Lily Zhang (USA); 2. Daniela Ortega/Paulina Vega (CHI); 3. Melanie Diaz/Daniely Rios (PUR) and Joyce Xu/Mo Zhang (CAN). Final: Wu/Zhang d. Ortega/Vega, 3-0.

Women/Team: 1. United States; 2. Brazil; 3. Puerto Rico and Chile. Final: U.S. d. Brazil, 3-2.

Mixed Doubles: 1. Kai Zhang/Lily Zhang (USA); 2. Nikhil Kumar/Amy Wang (USA); 3. Daniel Gonzalez/Melanie Diaz (PUR) and Horacio Cifuentes/Camila Arguelles (ARG). Final: Zhang/Zhang d. Kumar/Wang, 3-1.