Charles Aoki #5 of Staff United States scores a strive late within the first half towards Staff Nice Britain through the gold medal wheelchair rugby match on day 5 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Video games on August 29, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.
The U.S. wheelchair rugby crew is on the hunt for its first world championship since 2010.
The run to win gold on the 2022 Wheelchair Rugby World Championship in Vejle, Denmark, is off to a superb begin for the People, who completed group play Thursday with a 4-1 report.
The U.S. — ranked No. 3 on the earth — concluded group play with a rematch of final summer time’s Paralympic gold-medal match. In Tokyo, Nice Britain defeated the U.S. 54-49 for the nation’s first Paralympic gold in wheelchair rugby. On Thursday, the U.S. revered its fortunes, defeating the Brits 55-49. Sarah Adam, one among two ladies on the crew, was named the Participant of the Match.
This yr’s U.S. crew contains eight Paralympians on the 12-person roster, together with Josh Wheeler and Chuck Aoki, who led the crew in scoring in final yr’s gold-medal match. Newcomers Adam and Liz Dunn are the primary two ladies to signify the U.S. wheelchair rugby crew on the world championship.
Of the 4 wins within the group stage for the U.S., the rating within the Nice Britain match was the closest. The People received by a mean of 13.7 factors of their earlier three wins. Staff USA beat Germany 56-45, Australia 50-39, and Switzerland 54-35.
The one loss within the group got here towards France, the No. 4-ranked crew on the earth. The U.S. held a three-try lead at halftime, however the French battled again to earn a dramatic 49-48 victory. That win helped France win Group A with an undefeated 5-0 report.
The U.S. completed in second place within the group. It compiled a plus-46 level differential and allowed simply 217 factors, the fewest thus far within the match.
Whereas the People haven’t received gold on the world championship since 2010, they’ve medaled at each match because the inaugural one held in 1995. That included bronze medals in 2014 and 2018.
To maintain that medal streak alive, the U.S. might want to defeat No. 6-ranked Canada within the quarterfinals on Friday. Canada completed third in Group B with a 3-2 report and a plus-29 level differential. The match runs via Sunday.