With the Copa Costa Rica having wrapped up yesterday in Costa Rica, the Brazilian delegation cleaned up and earned more medals than any other country competing. They claimed 11 team and doubles medals, and 15 individual medals. The team and doubles events had six silver medals and five bronze medals, while individuals claimed two golds, two silvers and 11 bronzes.
In the Class 2/3 women’s team event, Brazil’s Luana Silva, Thais Severo and Catia Oliveira won a silver medal after losing out to South Korea for gold. Ezequiel Babes, Alexandre Ank, Ecildo de Oliveira and Ivanildo de Freitas won gold in the men’s Class 4 team event. In the Class 5 men’s team event, Claudiomiro Segatto, Chang Ya Ming and Fabio Santos claimed silver after coming into the gold medal game undefeated only to be blanked 3 – 0 against Germany. David Freitas, Jorceley da Silva, Jean Carlos Padilha and Carlos Henrique Bueno won bronze in the Class 3 men’s team event.
The sixty-two member team was the largest by far, and included Valeria Schmidt, Catia Oliveira, Fabiula Pinto, Luana Couto Silva, Thais Fraga Severo, Auzeni Pereira Da Silva, Renata Benevides, Alana Keilla Soares Camara, Cibele Da Silva Pereira, Maria Luiza Pereira Passos, Sonia Maria De Oliveira, Soraia Alvarenga, Raiza Francisca Farias Pereira Da Silva, Dina Abreu, Andrea Lopes Da Costa, Simone Cordeiro Vieira, Elem Alves Da Silva, Millena Franca, Maraisa De Santana Santos, Alenice Jesus, Antonilza Ricken, Iliane Faust, Francisco Braga Sales, Hemerson Kovalski, Lacordaire Viana De Menezes Segundo, Carlos Henriq Bueno, Jorceley Moreira Da Silva, David Freitas, Jean Carlos De Oliveira Padilha, Ecildo Lopez De Oliveira, Ivanildo Pessoa De Freitas, Ezequiel Babes, Alexandre Araujo, Wladimir Garcia De Menezes, Alexandre Ank, Claudiomiro Segatto, Gerson Hintz, Chang Ya Ming Chiang Chung Yuen, Fabio Carlos Santos, Carlo Di Franco Michell, Luiz Henrique Medina, Lincoln Souza Lacerda, Felipe Figueiredo Formentin, Gustavo Alexandre Laskosky, Francisco Wellington De Melo, Marcelo Cardim Dos Santos, Alexon Piccolin, Nilson Oliveira, Mario Luis Costa Ribeiro, Guilherme Riggio Ifanger, Ramon Colocubo Da Silva, Reginaldo Caldeira Gomes, Flavio Alberto Conceicao S., Basilio Oliveira, Willian Gabriel Almeida, Claudio Massad, Alexandre Pereira Alfon, Lucas Martin Maciel, Juliano Fiorentin Miranda, Ricardo Yukio Narusawa, Leoncio Patrocinio, and James Soares.
The next largest delegation competing was the United States with 17 players including Tara Profitt, Cynthia Ranii, Jennifer Johnson, Sebastian Anthony De Francesco, Michael Godfrey, Gabriel Diaz De Leon, Jeffrey Skalski, Jenson Van Emburgh, Jesse Cejudo, Doyle Harbaugh, Eric Pattison, Michael Brown, Daryl Sterling, Hunter Mc Aloose, Marco Sephom Makkar, Daniel Scrivano, and Samuel Chang Huang.
With the 2015 Parapan American Games taking place next year, Brazilian table tennis players are looking to impress team leadership. The country has been allocated 21 spots for men and 7 for women to compete, with the Brazilian Paralympic Committee having the final say on who competes.