Hugo was winner of the Pan American Games in Lima (Peru) thus automatically qualifying him for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Great job, Hugo!
Incidentally, he also got a Gold in the Doubles with partner Gustavo Tsuboi.
The Pan American Games are not confined to table tennis. Sportspeople from 42 nations compete against each other in a total of 52 disciplines – from athletics to boxing – for titles and medals.
They are always held one year before the Olympic Games for all athletes on the American continent.
Lev Katsman and Vladimir Sidorenko win for Russia. In an exciting finale against Azerbaijan our boys took the team title in the Youth European Championships and thus officially rank among the best newcomers on the continent.
Vladimir won not one, but three medals: a Bronze in the Singles, Silver in the Doubles and Gold with the team.
Aside from the team medal, Lev also won a Gold in the Doubles.