USA rugby to play in gold medal game


The United States advance to the Paralympic gold medal game against the United Kingdom after beating reigning champion Australia, 49-42, in Tokyo.

The US last faced Australia in Paralympic competition when the American lost a double-overtime heartbreaking thriller 58-59 at the Rio competition.

Team USA edged out the British team, 50-48, during the last game in pool play before the semifinals.

There are two local men on the team, Chuck Melton of Richview and Eric Newby of Godfrey.

Team USA is now 31-3 in Paralympic Competition and the Americans have been on the podium in every Games since the introduction of the sport at Sydney 2000. The medals include two golds (Sydney 2000 and Beijing 2008), two bronze (Athens 2004 and London 2012) and silver from Rio 2016., according to the team’s official website.

Chuck Melton celebrates after Team USA’s victory over Australia to advance to the gold medal Paralympic game. Photo credit: Lexi Branta Coon

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