(Photo: © Yan Huckendubler)

Argentina men have qualified for the London 2012 Olympic Games following a 3-1 victory over Canada in the final of the Pan American Games, which has been taking place in Guadalajara, Mexico.  It was the 10th consecutive time the two squads had met in the Pan Am Games final. 

The South Americans avenged the defeat that they suffered at the hands of their Canadian opponents in 2007, when an agonizing penalty shoot-out saw them miss out on direct qualification to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Argentina were given a second bite at the cherry in the Olympic Qualifying tournaments in 2008, but were beaten to the prize by host nation New Zealand thanks to a extra time golden goal from Bradley Shaw. However, a superb second half fight-back against Canada ensured that there would be no repeat of that Olympic qualification nightmare.  

Canada held a deserved 1-0 lead going into half time thanks to 25th minute penalty corner from Scott Tupper, but everything changed in the second period. Argentina found their form and eventually drew themselves level when Ignacio Bergner slammed a penalty corner into the Canadian goal in the 45th minute. The Argentines were in the ascendency, and quickly established a 3-1 lead thanks to a Pedro Ibarra penalty corner and a field goal from Lucas Vila. Although Canada rallied hard in the latter stages of the game, it was Argentina who took the Gold medal and confirmed their place at the London 2012 Olympic Games. 

In the Bronze medal match, Chile grabbed a 4-3 win against Cuba in the most dramatic fashion. Chile had lead 3-1 at half time but Cuba pulled themselves level thanks to two goals in less than three minutes from Yoande Blanco Hernandez. Incredibly, Alexis Berczely broke Cuban hearts with a 69th minute winner from open play, sealing the Bronze medal for Chile.

Earlier in the day, USA defeated Mexico 6-0 to take fifth place, while Trinidad & Tobago finished seventh by crushing Barbados 9-1. 

Three players finished top of the goal-scoring charts in Guadalajara. Mexico's Francisco Aguilar Montoya, Ignacio Bergner of Argentina and Canadian Scott Tupper all scored nine times throughout the tournament. 

A complete list of results for the tournament can be found below. All official tournament information including detailed reports, results, tables, match sheets, scorers lists and photos can be found on the website of the Pan American Hockey Federation by clicking the following link: http://www.panamhockey.org/en/competitions 

Source material - Field Hockey Canada Media Release. 

Results
Wednesday 19th October 2011
09:00     Women's Group A Game 1          Argentina v Trinidad & Tobago    11-0 (6-0)
11:00     Women's Group A Game 2          Canada v Barbados                      10-0 (6-0)     
14:00     Women's Group B Game 3          United States v Mexico                   5-0 (3-0) 
16:00     Women's Group B Game 4          Chile v Cuba                                     6-0 (3-0)

Thursday 20th October 2011
09:00     Men’s Group A Game 1          Canada v Trinidad & Tobago              7-2 (4-2)
11:00     Men's Group A Game 2          Chile v Barbados                                   9-1 (4-0)
14:00     Men's Group B Game 3          Argentina v Mexico                                 8-0 (3-0)
16:00     Men's Group B Game 4          USA v Cuba                                             2-4 (1-1)

Friday 21st October 2011
09:00     Women's Group B Game 5          Mexico v Cuba                                  1-3 (0-2)
11:00     Women's Group B Game 6          Chile v USA                                       1-2 (2-4)
14:00     Women's Group A Game 7          Trinidan & Tobago v Barbados     2-4 (1-3)
16:00     Women's Group A Game 8          Canada v Argentina                         3-7 (3-4)

Saturday 22nd October 2011
09:00    Men's Pool B Game 5                     Mexico v Cuba                                  1-2 (0-0)
11:00    Men's Pool B Game 6                     USA v Argentina                               0-2 (0-1)
14:00    Men's Pool A Game 7                     Trinidad & Tobago v Barbados     11-1 (5-1)
16:00    Men's Pool A Game 8                     Chile v Canada                                 0-4 (0-1) 

Sunday 23rd October 2011
09:00   Women's Pool A Game 9                Argentina v Barbados                     19-0 (10-0)       
11:00   Women's Pool A Game 10              Trinidad & Tobago v Canada         1-2 (1-0)
14:00   Women's Pool B Game 11              USA v Cuba                                       9-0 (6-0)
16:00   Women's Pool B Game 12              Mexico v Chile                                   0-1 (0-0) 

Monday 24th October 2011
09:00   Men's Pool A Game 9                      Canada v Barbados                         10-0 (6-0)
11:00   Men's Pool A Game 10                    Trinidad & Tobago v Chile              1-3 (0-1)
14:00   Men's Pool B Game 11                    Argentina v Cuba                              10-1 (4-1)
16:00   Men's Pool B Game 12                    Mexico v USA                                     3-2 (3-2)

Wednesday 26th October 2011
09:00   Women's 5-8 Match 13                    Barbados v Mexico                            1-3 (1-0)
11:00   Women's Semi Final Match 14      Argentina v Chile                                4-0 (2-0)
15:00   Women's Semi Final Match 15      USA v Canada                                    4-2 (2-1)
17:30   Women's 5-8 Match 15                    Cuba v Trinidad & Tobago               2-1 (1-1)

Thursday 27th October 2011
19:30   Men's 5-8 Match 13                            Trinidad & Tobago v USA                0-2 (0-1)
11:00   Men's Semi Final Match 14              Canada v Cuba                                 3-2 (3-1)
15:00   Men's Semi Final Match 15              Argentina v Chile                               7-1 (4-0)
17:30   Men's 5-8 Match 15                            Mexico v Barbados                           10-0 (3-0)

Friday 28th October 2011
09:00   Women's 7-8 Match 17                      Barbados v Trinidad & Tobago      1-3 (1-3)
11:30   Women's 5-6 Match 18                      Mexico v Cuba                                   2-3 (1-2)
15:00   Women's 3-4 Match 19                      Chile v Canada                                 3-0 (1-0)
17:30   Women's Final Match 20                   Argentina v USA                                2-4 (1-3)

Saturday 29th October 2011
09:00   Men's 7-8 Match 17                             Barbados v Trinidad & Tobago     1-9 (0-4)
11:30   Men's 5-6 Match 18                             Mexico v USA                                    0-6 (0-3)
15:00   Men's 3-4 Match 19                             Cuba v Chile                                     3-4 (1-3)
17:30   Men's Final Match 20                          Canada v Argentina                         1-3 (1-0)

All times are local (GMT -5)

Final Standings - Women
1. USA  2. Argentina  3. Chile  4. Canada  5. Cuba  6. Mexico  7. Trinidad & Tobago  8. Barbados 

Final Standings - Men 
1. Argentina  2. Canada  3. Chile  4. Cuba  5. USA  6. Mexico  7. Trinidad & Tobago  8. Barbados