SANTIAGO, Chile (CP) - Kris Odegard of Saskatoon and the men's doubles team of Vincent Gagnon of Longueuil, Que., and Francois Viens of Montreal will be coming home from the Pan American Racquetball Championships with silver medals after losing in their finals Saturday.
Odegard was trying to defend the title he won last year in Guatemala but Alvaro Beltran of Mexico defeated him 15-6, 15-8. Beltran had defeated Mike Green of Burlington, Ont., the semifinals Friday.
In men's doubles, Gagnon and Viens came close to winning the first Pan American gold for Canada in men's doubles since'92 against the American team of Andy Hawthorne and Jason Samora, as the Canadians forced a tie-breaking third game after losing the first one. But the Americans were able to squeak out the tiebreaker and take the match, 15-6, 11-15, 11-9.
In women's play, American Rhonda Rajsich won in both singles and doubles. In singles, Rajsich defeated Samatha Salas of Mexico, 15-7, 10-15, 11-3, and she won doubles with Janel Tisinger beating Bolivians Carola Loma and Jenny Daza, 15-5, 15-8.
Canada finished with four medals. Green and the women's doubles team of Linda Ellerington of Shields, Sask., and Veronique Guillemette of Calgary earned bronze on Friday.
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 7, 2007 $sourceSection$sourcePage