By Gary Anderson

October 14 - The USA will be out to make it three Amercias Championships in succession in Alabama this weekThe United States will be hoping to make home advantage count as they seek to win the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) Americas Championship for the third time in succession when the action gets underway in Birmingham, Alabama, this week.

The American side come into the third edition of the Championships on the back of a bronze medal at London 2012, and will start as favourites to add to their wins in 2009 and 2011.

The three-time Paralympic champions have had a good 2013 so far, with the highlight being their victory in June's Denmark Wheelchair Rugby Challenge in Odense which saw them return to the top of the world rankings in the process.

Head coach James Gumbert's side also overcame the London 2012 champions Australia and New Zealand at the Tri-Nations tournament in Sydney last month.

Canada, ranked number three in the world, are once again expected to be the main challengers to the US at this year's event, and will be hoping to make it third time lucky after losing out to their neighbours in the previous two finals in Buenos Aires in 2009, and Bogota in 2011.

The silver medallists from London 2012 will be looking to rising star Zak Madell to once again inspire them to success after the 19-year-old starred at last year's Paralympic Games and carried on his form to pick up the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in Odense.

Brazil. who begin their campaign against the Canadians, come into the tournament at the Lakeshore Foundation in Birmingham as the topped ranked South American nation and will be looking to at least match their performance from two years ago which seen them take the bronze medal.

Canada's Zak Madell will be one of the stars at this year's Americas ChampionshipsCanada's Zak Madell will be one of the stars at this year's Americas Championships

The men in yellow and green overcame great rivals Argentina in that bronze medal match in Bogota, and the team coached by Mariano Hurtado will be going all out to claim the bragging rights as South America's number one side.

However, the 2009 bronze medal winners will need to be tuned in from the very start as they face the US first up.

The Colombians are the lowest ranked team in the competition and, while it will be a surprise if they end the week on any of the podium positions, the side coached by Jhonattan Vargas Rojas will be going all out to finish the tournament as the highest ranked South American side and their clashes with Brazil and Argentina are sure to be feisty affairs.

The IWRF Americas Championships run from Wednesday (October 16) to until Saturday (October 19) and the event will be streamed live on the IWRF's website.

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