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USA men’s national goalball team wins bronze and secures 2016 Summer Paralympic spot

Team USA following their bronze medal win.  Image credit: Espoo 2014 IBSA Goalball World Championships.

Team USA following their bronze medal win. Image credit: Espoo 2014 IBSA Goalball World Championships.

With a 4-2 win earlier today against Lithuania in Espoo, Finland, the United States men’s national goalball team qualified for the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio.  The team came from behind, down 1-2 at the half, to win a bronze medal at the 2014 IBSA Goalball World Championships.

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The team qualified for the bronze medal match after finishing third in their pool, behind France and the Czech Republic.  In the quarter finals, they defeated Turkey 5-4.  In the semifinals, they lost to Finland 6-3 after having been tied 2-2 at the half.

The United States came into the tournament ranked ninth in the world.  Going into the bronze medal game, Tyler Merren was the team’s leading scorer with 22 total goals.  Merren has been a fixture on the United States’s team since the early 2000s, having competed in the   Paralympic Games,  the Pan American Games and other editions of the IBSA World Goalball Championships.  The Kalamzoo, Michigan based player is the only USA player to be amongst the top ten men’s scorers in the tournament.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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