Canada Open 2016 (G-1) – Day 3: Chinese Taipei reigns with 4 golds as Mexico takes 3
Canada Open 2016
11-14 February 2016
G-1 category event
Day 3 – Seniors – Report
Chinese Taipei managed to finish on top of the medal count at Canada Open 2016 after clinching its fourth gold medal of the event on Sunday thanks to Yu-Jen Huang’s superb performance in Men’s -68 kg, the division in which the Asian athlete reigned after defeating no other than the local hope Maxime Potvin in the final.
Mexico grabbed its third gold of the event to finish in second place of the standings after Misael Lopez proved to be the strongest athlete in the Men’s -87 kg division, in which he climbed to the top of the podium thanks to his victory over Kenneth Edwards from Jamaica in the crucial fight for glory.
The other two titles of the closing day of the event were taken by Jack Woolley (M-54) from Ireland, who gave his country the first gold in the event, and Rui Bragança from Portugal, who edged Carlos Navarro from Mexico in the Men’s -58 kg final to grab the first title for his country.
Day 3 – Final Podiums
Day 2 – Seniors – Report
Chinese Taipei clinched its third gold medal on the second day of action at Canada Open 2016 after Wei-Ting Liu reigned in the Men’s -80 kg division. The Asian athlete defeated Hama Alzouma from Niger in the final match to climb to the top of the podium.
Argentina was the most succesful nation on Saturday with 2 titles, as Lucas Guzman dominated in the Men’s -63 kg category after edging Nuno Costa from Portugal in the crucial fight and Jorge Alvarez did the same in the Men’s -74 kg division after getting rid of Niklas Poland from USA in the gold medal match.
The other Senior title on Saturday was taken by Jonathan Healy from USA, who proved to be the strongest athlete in the Men’s +87 kg division after beating Jason Grant from Jamaica in the last match of the draw to taste glory.
With these results, Chinese Taipei takes the lead of the medal count as the only country with 3 gold medals, followed by Canada, Argentina and Mexico with 2 and Sweden, Panama and USA with 1.
Day 2 – Final Podiums
Day 1 – Seniors – Report
Canada, Chinese Taipei and Mexico took 2 titles each on the first day of action at Canada Open 2016. Sweden and Panama clinch 1 gold medal each to complete the first 8 Senior categories in competition so far.
The two local heroes on Friday were Charlotte Brown, who tasted glory in the Women’s -53 kg division after beating Carla Salinas from Argentina in the final, and Ashley Kraayeveld, who dominated in the Women’s -62 kg category after defeating her compatriot Rachel Cuma in the gold medal match.
For Chinese Taipei, the two main names of the day ended up being Wan-Ting Lin, who reigned in Women’s -46 kg after edging Santos from Brazil in the crucial fight, and Shao-yu Wu, who proved to be stronger than the American Monique Rodriguez in the Women’s -49 kg final.
The most succesful athletes for Mexico were Briseida Acosta, who climbed to the top of the Women’s +73 kg podium after getting rid of Gardziola from USA in the gold medal match, and Maria Espinoza, who defeated the local hope Nathalie Iliesco in the Women’s -73 kg final to reach gold.
The two other titles of the day were taken by world number 1 Elin Johansson (SWE), who gave no chance to the rest of contendants in Women’s -67 kg after beating Andersen from Denmark for the gold, and Carolena Carstens from Panama, who reigned in Women’s -57 kg over the rest of athletes. In the crucial fight, Carstens beat another local hope who reached a final, Park.
Day 1 – Final Podiums