2012 Men’s Pan American Championships: Argentina Again

Argentina celebrates another gold medal victory against Brazil

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: