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April 24, 2024

USA on the medal trail in Brazil after the opening day of the Para Pan Am Championships

SÃO PAULO, Brazil – Tracy Otto will compete for gold on Saturday in the W1 women at the 2024 Para Pan American Championships, while reigning champion Jason Tabansky has a familiar foe waiting for him in the W1 men.

The 28-year-old Otto will meet the winner of Thursday’s semifinal involving Juliana Cristin Ferreira Da Silva (BRA) and Mariela Lopez Carrasco (CHI) after a first day of competition in Sao Paulo ended with Otto as the number one seed.

Tabansky fired the second best score during qualification in W1 men, behind Eugenio Santana Franco (BRA), the bronze medalist from 2022. Tabansky has a bye to Thursday’s semifinals, where he will face Helcio Luiz Jaime Gomes Perilo (BRA), the man he beat to gold at this same event in Santiago two years ago.

Tabansky and Otto are through to the gold medal match in the W1 mixed team event, where they will take on either Brazil or Chile on Friday.

Candice Caesar will begin the elimination rounds of the recurve women open, also on Thursday, with a quarterfinal meeting against Daniela Cecilia Campos Marzano (PER). Top seed MarI?a Monica Daza Guzman (COL) will be the quarterfinal opponent for Karen Sternfeld if she can overcome Je?ssica Campos De Bona (BRA) in the 1/8th round.

The USA also has two archers in the compound men open division. Nicholas Peacock and Robert Griffith were 10th and 11th after qualification. They tackle Chris Waterman (CAN) and Diogo De Souza (BRA) respectively on Thursday, with a place in the quarterfinals at stake. Griffith and Peacock will face Mexico in the compound men open doubles. That semifinal match, and subsequent medal matches, take place on Friday.

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