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Squash - 21. July 2007.

Canada win Pan Am Finals

Women's final:

[3] CANADA bt [1] USA 2-1

Carolyn Russell bt Michelle Quibell 3-9, 9-2, 9-4, 9-5 (35m)

Runa Reta lost to Natalie Grainger 2-9, 0-9, 4-9 (22m)

Alana Miller bt Latasha Khan 9-7, 9-5, 10-8 (43m)

   Bronze medal winners:  [2] MEXICO & COLOMBIA


5th place play-off:


Mariana Pontalti bt Fernanda Rocha 9-3, 9-5, 9-3

Thaisa Serafini bt Luz Etchechoury 9-2, 9-3, 10-8

Karen Redfern bt Antonella Falcione 9-4, 9-1, 9-6


The women's final was an upset, with Carolyn Russell opening up an impressive lead for third seeds Canada when she beat Michelle Quibell 3-9, 9-2, 9-4, 9-5.  Favourites USA struck back in convincing fashion as individual Pan Am Games gold medallist Natalie Grainger extended her unbeaten Rio run to seven matches with a 9-2, 9-0, 9-4 victory over Canadian Runa Reta in just 22 minutes.


The decider saw surprise 2007 individual silver medallist Alana Miller overcome USA's 2003 gold medal winner Latasha Khan, ranked 14 places higher in the world, 9-7, 9-5, 10-8 in 43 minutes to clinch a memorable triumph for Canada.


"The Pan American Games Rio 2007 have been a resounding success for Squash," added World Squash Federation Chief Executive Christian Leighton.  "The passion and commitment that I've witnessed from athletes, referees and administrators shows how much this competition means to them. 


"WSF is very grateful to Mario Vazquez Rana, President of the Pan American Sports Organisation (PASO), and the CORIO for hosting our event.  The spread of gold medals shows how competition is really heating up in the region. The four golds on offer went to four different countries (Mexico, USA, Canada and Colombia).  We very much look forward to Guadalajara 2011."


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