Canada comfortably beat the United States today to secure the defence of their title at the Pan Am Mixed Team Badminton Championships in Lima.
Brian Yang’s 21-7, 21-9 win over Andrew Zhang sealed a 3-0 victory in the final, held at the Peruvian capital’s Centro de Alto Rendimiento La Videna.
Canada took a 1-0 lead when Joshua Hurlburt-Yu and Josephine Wu came from behind to defeat Phillip Chew and Breanna Chi 15-21, 21-18, 21-13 in the mixed doubles event.
Their advantage was then doubled thanks to a 21-14, 21-14 success for Brittney Tam against Natalie Chi before 17-year-old Yang wrapped up the match.
It is the 11th straight time that Canada have triumphed at the event.
With the country claiming victory at the earliest opportunity, it was not necessary for the women’s doubles and men’s doubles events to take place.
Catherine Choi and Talia Ng had been due to play Kuei-Ya Chen and Jennie Gai in the women’s match, while Nyl Yakura and Duncan Yao were scheduled to face brothers Phillip and Ryan Chew in the men’s contest.
The US were competing in the final for the first time since 2014.