The 2012 Men’s Pan American Championship have concluded with Argentina again taking the Gold Medal against arch rivals Brazil. The match was a tight affair throughout and ended with a little controversy as Argentina scored late to make it 22-21 and Brazil had a little bit of time for one more attack except that Argentina’s Sebastian Simonet immediately grabbed the Brazilian player on the mid-court throw in. Simonet was promptly red carded, but Brazil had no time left for a meaningful attack. This was the 3rd straight victory over Brazil in a major PATHF event (2010 Pan American Championships, 2011 PANAM Games, 2012 Pan American Games.
In the 3rd place game, Chile easily dispatched Uruguay 36-27 to qualify for the 2013 World Championships.
In a consolation match for 7th place Team USA beat Mexico easily, 33-17. Rickey Royal, Martin Axelsson and Vladimir Andeljic led a balanced scoring attack with 5 goals a piece. The victory was a little bit of revenge as Mexico had beaten the USA last year at the PANAM Games 33-32.
Video of final minutes of Argentina-Brazil: http://www.mundohandball.com/Continentes/Panamerica/2012/ARG-Campeon-Panamericano.html