Green, Gagnon win Silver at World Championships

Racquetball5Mike Green of Burlington and Vincent Gagnon of Montréal won the men’s doubles silver medal at the 2014 International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships in Burlington, Ont. Play concluded Saturday (June 21) at the championships, which attracted over 100 athletes from 21 nations.

Green and Gagnon faced Sebastian Franco and Alejandro Herrera from Colombia in the gold medal match. The Canadian team was ahead in the first game but the Colombians came back and won 15 – 11. Franco and Herrera went out in front at the beginning of the second game and the Canadian team had difficulty gaining momentum and lost 15 – 5. It is the first men’s doubles gold medal for Colombia in the history of the World Championships.

Gagnon and Green, who have only played doubles together in one other tournament, complimented each other well as a team. They defeated the Colombian team earlier in the week in round robin play. As well, the Canadian team had to get past a very competitive team from the United States in the semi-final on Friday, which they did with a decisive win.

In men’s singles, Rocky Carson of the United States defeated Conrado Moscoso of Bolivia 15 – 3, 15 – 8 to win gold. In women’s singles, Paolo Longoria of Mexico defeated Rhonda Rajsich from the United States, 15 – 6, 15 – 8, to win her second consecutive world championship title in women’s singles.

In women’s doubles, Longoria teamed up with Samantha Salas to win another title for Mexico, this time against Aimee Ruiz and Janel Tisinger of the United States, 15 – 4, 15 – 12..

Mexico had the highest standings in the women’s overall point total, with the United States coming in second, Ecuador in third and Argentina in forth. Canada placed fifth.

In the men’s overall points, United States took first with Bolivia in second place, Colombia in third and Canada in fourth.

The United States team was the overall combined point winner, with Mexico following in second, Bolivia in third and Canada in fourth.

The World Championships in Burlington was a great event for Team Canada going into the 2015 Toronto Pan American Games. In addition, it gave both the International Racquetball Federation the opportunity to work with the Pan Am Games staff and with local volunteers to build an outstanding competitive event for both the athletes and the spectators in 2015.

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