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Date: 6/12/2018
 

The 11th edition of the South American Games recently concluded in Cochabamba, Bolivia after just over two weeks of multi-sport action from 26 May-8 June. The Games, which started back in 1978 in Bolivia, in La Paz, take place every four years, and have featured men’s and women’s handball since the 2002 edition, held in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil.

 

The 2018 event saw the handball competition take place at the Coliseo Municipal Curubamba in Canchas with the women’s competition running from 27-31 May and the men’s edition running from 2-6 June.

 

Women’s Competition

Seven teams participated initially across two preliminary groups – Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Brazil and Uruguay. Brazil topped Preliminary Group 1 with four points from both of their matches (vs Paraguay 33:16 and Uruguay 25:15) while Argentina topped Group 2 with six points from their three victories (vs Peru 50:8, Bolivia 49:4 and Chile 29:20).

 

The top two teams in both groups faced each other in the semi-finals with Brazil easily overcoming Chile 30:16 and Argentina squeezing past Paraguay 23:21. However, the final was completely one-sided as the Brazilians limited their neighbours to just 12 strikes, as they won 26:12 to defend their title won in 2014 in Chile.

 

Top scorer in the tournament was Chile’s Valeska Andrea Lovera Salas with 25 goals with Mariana Costa (BRA) second with 21 strikes and Sabrina Fiore (PAR) and Bolivia’s Alison Castillo Pimienta on 20 goals each in third.

 

RESULTS

 

27 May

ARG vs PER 50:8

BOL vs CHI 6:41

PAR vs BRA 16:33

 

28 May

PER vs CHI 9:38

ARG vs BOL 49:4

URU vs PAR 22:27

 

29 May

CHI vs ARG 20:29

BOL vs PER 19:23

BRA vs URU 25:15

 

May 30

Classification Round: URU vs BOL 41:7

Semi-Final 1: BRA vs CHI 30:16

Semi-Final 2: ARG vs PAR 23:21

 

May 31

Classification Round: URU vs PER 50:8

Bronze Medal: CHI vs PAR 31:25

Final: BRA vs ARG 26:12

 

RANKING

1 Gold – Brazil

2 Silver – Argentina

3 Bronze – Chile

4 Paraguay

5 Uruguay

6 Peru

7 Bolivia

 

Men’s Competition

Like the women’s competition, the seven men’s teams in Bolivia were split into two Preliminary Groups. Brazil topped Group 1, winning all three of their games (vs Peru 50:12, Bolivia 55:5 and Chile 39:30). The Chileans finished in second with two wins against Peru and Bolivia. Argentina won Group 2 thanks to their wins against Venezuela (36:20) and Uruguay (31:21).

 

The top two teams in each group met in the semi-finals with Brazil demolishing Uruguay 41:27 and Argentina defeating Chile 29:13, who managed to grab the bronze medal in the 3/4 Placement Match against Uruguay, winning 23:20. The final was a repeat of the women’s competition, but this time it was much tighter with Brazil winning 25:22 after the teams went in all level at 10:10 at half-time.

 

Brazil were also dominant in the goalscoring charts with Fabio Rocha Chiuffa finishing top with 32 goals, his teammate Leonardo Dutra Ferreira in second (29) and Rudolph Hackbarth in third with 26 strikes.

 

RESULTS

 

June 2

PER vs BRA 12:50

CHI vs BOL 51:7

VEN vs ARG 20:36

 

June 3

CHI vs PER 37:15

BRA vs BOL 55:5

URU vs VEN 22:19

 

June 4

BRA vs CHI 39:30

BOL vs PER 12:32

ARG vs URU 31:21

 

June 5

Classification Round: VEN vs BOL 44:13

Semi-Final 1: BRA vs URU 41:27

Semi-Final 2: ARG vs CHI 29:13

 

June 6

Classification Round: PER vs VEN 20:29

Bronze: CHI vs URU 23:20

Final: ARG vs BRA 22:25

 

RANKING

1 Gold – Brazil

2 Silver – Argentina

3 Bronze – Chile

4 Uruguay

5 Venezuela

6 Peru

7 Bolivia

 

Photos: Cochabamba 2018

 

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