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Date: 6/26/2017
 

Brazil defended their title at the 2017 Pan American Women’s Handball Championship from June 18 to 25, thereby claiming their fourth consecutive and 10th overall trophy at the event. Brazil defeated long-term rivals Argentina 38:20 in the final, while Paraguay won the bronze medal after beating Uruguay 24:22 in the three/four play-off.

 

“Each title has a different flavour. We came here to get it and we did it in the best possible way, from the first game to this great final that we practically made a perfect game,” said new Brazil coach Sergio Graciano.

 

Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay also booked a place at the 23rd IHF Women’s World Championship in Germany courtesy of their top-three finishes. Brazil and Argentina celebrated qualification for Germany 2017 when they won their respective semi-finals – with Argentina beating Paraguay 29:19 and Brazil defeating Uruguay 42:23 – while Paraguay’s ticket to the World Championship came with their bronze medal.

 

While Brazil and Argentina are regulars at the IHF World Championship, with Brazil having qualified steadily for every event from 1995 on and Argentina missing only one since their first in 1999, Germany 2017 will be Paraguay’s third World Championship alongside the 2007 and 2013 (won by Brazil) events.

 

Both Brazil and Argentina were undefeated up until the final. Champions Brazil opened their campaign with a 42:10 victory against the USA, before beating Colombia 46:12 and Puerto Rico 40:15. In the semi-final win versus Uruguay, Brazil were led by 10 goals from wing Samira Rocha, while 2014 World Handball Player of the Year Eduarda Amorim was the top scorer in the final with a tally of seven.

 

The final ranking of all 10 teams to contest the 2017 Pan American title is as follows:

 

1. Brazil

2. Argentina

3. Paraguay

4. Uruguay

5. United States of America

6. Puerto Rico

7. Chile

8. Dominican Republic

9. Colombia

10. Guatemala

 

Photo: Pan American Team Handball Federation

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