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USA Badminton Athletes Win Two Gold and Five Bronze Individual Medals at the 2010 Pan American Badminton Championships

Oct. 26, 2010, 6:37 p.m. (ET)

USA Badminton Athletes Win Two Gold and Five Bronze Individual Medals at the 2010 Pan American Badminton Championships

 COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Fresh on the heels of their silver medal winning team performance at the 2010 Pan American Badminton Championships in Curitiba, Brazil, USA Badminton athletes win two gold and five bronze medals in the individual competition.

 Led by 2010 Youth Olympian Cee Ketpura’s (Orange, Calif.) gold medal in women’s singles, USA Badminton athletes also won gold in men’s doubles (Vincent Nguy and Sameera Gunatileka) and bronze in women’s singles (Rena Wang), men’s singles (Nicholas Jinadasa and Sattawat Pongnairat),  women’s doubles (Rena Wang and Iris Wang) and mixed doubles (Keptura and Pongnairat).

 In women’s singles, Ketpura defeated Canada’s Michelle Li two games to none (17-21, 21-17 and 21-19) in the final to win the gold medal.  En route to the finals Ketpura won matches over Brazil’s Andreza Santos (21-4 and 21-10), Canada’s Joycelyn Ko (21-16, 13-21 and 21-19) and Canada’s Phyllis Chan (21-19 and 22-20).  Following an opening round bye, Rena Wang (Arcadia, Calif.) defeated Peru’s Claudia Rivero (21-19 and 21-19) and Mexico’s Victoria Montero (21-5 and 21-12) before falling to Li in the semifinals (12-21 and 14-21).  Also competing for the U.S. in women’s singles, but failing to advance were Iris Wang (Arcadia, Calif.) and Karyn Cecilia Velez (North Hills, Calif.).

 In men’s doubles, the U.S. team of Vincent Nguy (Silver Spring, Md.) and Sameera Gunatileka (Olney, Md.) defeated Brazil’s Hugo Arthuso and Daniel Paiola two games to one (21-19, 19-21 and 21-17) in the final to win the gold medal.  En route to the finals, Nguy and Gunatileka captured victories over Jamaica’s Gareth Henry and Charles Pyne (21-15 and 21-19), Brazil’s Luis Fernando Cereda and Alex Tjong (21-11 and 21-12) and Canada’s Adrian Liu and Derrick Ng (22-20 and 21-19).

 Nicholas Jinadasa (Long Beach, Calif.) and Sattawat Pongnairat (Long Beach, Calif.) carried the flag for the United States in the men’s singles competition.  Both advanced to the semifinals, each winning bronze medals.  Jinadasa opened the event with a win over Chile’s Ivan Leon But (21-11 and 21-12) and followed that with wins over Chile’s Christian Araya (21-14 and 21-15).  Jinadasa lost to Peru’s Rodrigo Pacheco (10-21 and 19-21) in the semifinals.  Pongnairat recorded victories over Brazil’s Hugo Arthuso (21-16 and 21-15), Brazil’s Luis Fernando Cereda (21-16 and 21-11) and Mexico’s Lino Munoz (21-13 and 21-15) before falling to eventual gold medalist Stephan Wojcikiewicz of Canada one game to two (21-15, 16-21 and 19-21).

 The Wang sisters captured the bronze medal for the U.S. in women’s doubles.  Following an opening round bye, the Wang sisters defeated Brazil’s Thayse Cruz and Paula Beatriz Pereira (21-13 and 21-6) before falling to Canada’s Grace Gao and Joycelyn Ko two games to one (21-15, 21-23 and 15-21).  Gao and Ko went on to win the gold medal.

 
 

Finally in the mixed doubles competition, Ketpura and Pongnairat opened with a bye and then defeated Mexico’s Munoz and Cynthia Gonzalez (20-22, 21-8 and 21-13).  They advanced to the semifinals by walkover, but fell in the semifinals zero games to two to Canada’s Kevin Li and Alex Bruce (11-21 and 16-21).

 Representing the United States at the 2010 Pan American Badminton Championships Individual Competition were:

 Women’s Singles:
Cee Ketpura (Orange, Calif.)
Rena Wang (Arcadia, Calif.)
Iris Wang (Arcadia, Calif.)
Karyn Cecilia Velez (North Hills, Calif.)
Women’s Doubles:

Rena Wang and Iris Wang

Men’s Singles:
Nicholas Jinadasa (Long Beach, Calif.)

Sattawat Pongnairat (Long Beach, Calif.)

Men’s Doubles:

Sameera Gunatileka (Olney, Md.) and Vincent Nguy (Silver Spring, Md.)

Mixed Doubles:

Cee Ketpura and Sattawat Pongnairat

Head Coach/Team Leader:  Ignatius Rusli (Orange, Calif.)

For complete results and tournament information, please visit www.tournamentsoftware.com.

 

For more information, please contact Cecil Bleiker, NGB Media Services Director for USA Badminton at 719-330-2062.  This press release is also available on the USOC’s media specific website at PRESSBOX.TEAMUSA.ORG.

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