The American team was superb at the International Table Tennis Federation Hopes Boy's Singles Tournament in Valencia, Venezuela, April 19-23, where they collected the gold, silver and bronze medals. Team USA was led by champion Allen Wang (Turnersville, N.J.), runner-up Ethan Chua (Bakersfield, Calif.) and third-place finisher Jonathan Ou (Longwood, Fla.).
Wang, who won qualifying group 2, opened the tournament with a 3-1 decision over teammate Ou, and then shutout the remaining group members with 3-0 decisions. By winning the group, Wang received a bye into semifinals where he defeated Luca Prandi of Brazil, 3-0. For the gold medal, Wang met up with his other team member, Chua. Wang remained perfect in the championship with 3-0 decision over Chua.
Chua, who also won qualifying group 1, breezed through the competition with 3-1, 3-2, 3-0 and 3-0 victories in qualifying. In the semifinals, Chua was matched up against Ou, where Chua won 3-1 by the scores of 11-7, 10-12, 11-5, and 12-10 to advance to the gold-medal game and finished with the silver.
Ou finished with the ITTF Hopes Boy's Singles tournament bronze medal. He defeated Brazil's Luca Prandi 3-1 for the American medal sweep. He won by scores of 11-7, 11-9, 11-13, and 11-7. His only defeats in the tournament were to Wang and Chua of Team USA.
The Americans claimed the silver medal in the Cadet Boy's Teams Tournament. Team USA defeated Venezuela 3-1 in the semifinal round, and then lost by the same mark to Brazil for the championship.
In the Cadet Boy's Singles event, Ou was the highlight by reaching the semifinal round. Ou started this event with a 3-1 decision over Mathieu Theriault of Canada. Ou then upended Daniel Fuenmayor of Venezuela in the quarterfinals, 3-2. Fuenmayor eliminated Chua in the previous round, 3-0. Ou fell to eventual champion Hugo Afonso of Brazil, 3-0 in the semifinals.About USA Table Tennis:
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