U.S.’ Samantha Bosco overjoyed after winning gold medal
By Josh Eisenberg/Wheelchair Sports Federation
Team USA’s Samantha Bosco had plenty to say after winning gold and taking the C1-C5 women’s 500-meter time trial in 39.601 seconds at the 2019 Parapan American Games on Aug. 26 in Peru. Bosco, a former rower turned cyclist, was ecstatic.
“I cannot describe my feelings right now.” she said. “This could be the best day of my life..…don’t tell my husband. Well … top three. I am super amazed because the 500 meters wasn’t even my event. My event is the 3,000 meters. I am super stoked that I have a teammate who gets to join me on the podium. Also, I am so grateful that I got to cross 40 seconds for the first time ever.”
The teammate that she referred was Clara Brown, who placed third (40.043 seconds) and picked up the bronze.
In para athletics, Team USA’s Claudius Fawehinmi (gold) and Tanner Wright (silver) placed first and second in the men’s T47 long jump final. Fahehinmi’s jump measured 7.03 meters, while Wright’s jump was 6.45 meters.
Team USA’s para table tennis team bounced its way into the gold-medal match against Brazil. The U.S.’ Ian Seidenfeld and Makkar Marco defeated Chile has punched its way into the gold medal match vs. Brazil! The duo of Ian Seidenfeld and Makkar Marco defeated Chile’s Matia Pino and Christian Dettoni 2-0 to advance to the finals.
In para shooting, the U.S.’ Kevin Ngyuen won gold in the mixed 50-meter Rifle Prone SH1 division with 244.2 points, with Robert Beach (219.7 points) taking home a bronze. Michael Tagliapietra also earned bronze (201.5 points) in the men’s 10-meter Air Pistol SH1 event.
In sitting volleyball, both U.S. squads won in straight sets over Canada. The men won 25-22, 25-20, 27-25, while the women won 25-14, 25-17, 25-12.
Meanwhile, in wheelchair rugby, the Columbians needed some coffee as they fell asleep against Team USA. The Americans dominated once again, winning 50-24. Raymond Hennagir III led all scorers with 12 tries.
Team USA’s women’s wheelchair basketball team was on fire and burnt the nets with its lopsided 100-16 victory over Peru. Rosie Hollerman led all scorers with 27 points and she added seven assists.
As for the men’s wheelchair basketball team, Team USA earned an 87-47 victory over Brazil. Trevon Jenifer had 18 points, six rebounds and two assists.
On the wheelchair tennis courts, Team USA’s Casey Ratzlaff defeated Chile’s Alexander A. Catalado 2-0 in a quarterfinal match. And in swimming, the U.S.’ Laurrie Hermes earned a silver in the women’s S11 400 freestyle, finishing in 5 minutes, 52.62 seconds.
Amanda Dennis scored four times to lead Team USA’s goalball team to a 12-2 victory over Mexico on Monday.
“There’s some things that we all can work on, generally, I felt I was throwing okay. Some games take you into a different feeling, and we haven’t played Mexico in a little while so it’s getting used to the way they play and the way that we need to throw on their defense.”
After the men’s team allowed an early goal, the U.S. blazed back and rolled to a 12-2 victory over Venezuela.
“Definitely [not getting the first shot in is] something that we need to work on,” U.S. team captain John Kusku said. “It’s been our kryptonite for about 10 years now. So, if nothing, we are used to coming back after that first goal.”
Medal Standings (after Aug. 26)
United States (80)