By Gary Anderson

October 19 - The victorious USA clinched their third successive Americas Championship in BirminghamThe United States sealed their third consecutive International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) Americas Championship with a comprehensive 63-40 win over old rivals Canada at the Lakeshore Foundation in Birmingham, Alabama.

The London 2012 bronze medallists' victory was all the more sweeter as it exacted a modicum of revenge over their North American neighbours who had surprisingly knocked them-out at the semi-final stage of London 2012.

The hosts came into the tournament determined to cement their position as the number one side in the world following a successful 2013, which saw them take top honours at the Denmark Wheelchair Rugby Challenge in June before emerging victorious at the Tri-Nations Tournament in Sydney last month.

Head coach James Gumbert's side began the five-team competition, which also included Brazil, Argentina and Colombia, meaning business with resounding victories over the aforementioned South American nations before their first meeting with Canada in the round-robin stages seeing them record a 53-44 win.

The three-time Paralympic champions' second meeting with Argentina was another one-sided affair and a 52-26 win saw them through to the final of the Championships once again.

Meanwhile, despite their loss to the hosts, Canada were similarly ruthless in their matches against the other three sides and a 70-36 win over Brazil set up the final that most people were expecting.

But, considering that their first meeting earlier in the tournament was relatively close, what no one really expected was the ease with which the US despatched the Canadians in the decider.

Emotions were different for Chuck Aoki this time round as his USA side gained revenge over Canada for their London 2012 lossEmotions were different for Chuck Aoki this time round as his USA side gained revenge over Canada for their London 2012 loss

A nine point lead at half-time hinted that another close contest was on the cards, but Gumbert worked his magic at the break and saw his charges put in two excellent quarters to which the Canadians had no answer, with the undisputed team of the year running out winners by 23 points, to add to their Americas Championship wins in Buenos Aires in 2009, and Bogota in 2011.

"Three tournaments this summer, three gold medals, @usawchrugby=#1 team in the world! Love this team," tweeted a delighted Chuck Aoki after the game.

Aoki, Chad Cohn and Derrick Helton were the main stars for the champions, while Canada's Zak Madell followed his exploits in Denmark by picking up another tournament most valuable player (MVP) award.

Brazil added to their 2009 bronze medal with a 67-44 win over Argentina to take third place.

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