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Date: 4/24/2017

Argentina defeated Brazil to claim the 2017 Men’s Youth Pan American Championship title on Sunday in Santiago, Chile in a memorable match decided in extra time. Following a final score of 16:16 at the 60-minute whistle, Argentina edged Brazil 22:21 in the 10-minute extra-time period.

Hosts Chile defeated Venezuela 35:20 to claim the bronze medal, while the crucial fifth place play-off to decide the last team qualified for the 2017 IHF Men’s Youth (U19) World Championship was won by Mexico. Mexico beat Uruguay 25:15 and will therefore travel to Georgia in August for the nation’s first-ever IHF Men’s World Championship in any age category.

The final ranking for the 2017 Men’s Youth Pan American Championship, with the top five nations qualified for the 2017 IHF Men’s Youth (U19) World Championship, is as follows:

1. Argentina

2. Brazil

3. Chile

4. Venezuela

5. Mexico

6. Uruguay

7. Canada

8. Paraguay

9. Costa Rica

10. Puerto Rico

11. USA

The title takes Argentina’s record in the Men’s Youth Pan American Championship to eight gold medals, while Brazil added their eighth silver medal on Sunday – no other nation aside from these two traditional rivals has ever won the title. Chile tally six bronze medals thanks to their victory in the play-off for third place.

All-star Team:

Goalkeeper: Santiago Giovagnola (ARG)
Left wing: Guilherme Torriani (BRA)
Left back: Paulo Oliveira Cândido (BRA)
Centre back: Yericson Monroy (VEN)
Right back: Leonardo Comerlatto (BRA)
Right wing: Martin Arakaki (ARG)
Line player: José Luis López (CHI)

Most Valuable Player: Paulo Oliveira Cândido (BRA)

Results and footage of matches can be found on the Pan American Team Handball Federation’s official website here.

Photo: PATHF