Colombia shines in Pan Am's closing day and Canada wins the medal count
Colombia’s National Team won two gold medals to shine in the third and last day of competition of the 18th Pan American Taekwondo Championships played in Sucre (Bolivia). Katerine Dumar in the Female’s Welter category and Yair Medina in the Male’s Welter modality took the top of the podium after beating the American Sanaz Shahbazi and the Mexican Sergio Gurrola Álvarez respectively in the final. The bronze medallists of the Welter contest were the Argentinean Alexis Arnold and Sarahi Pérez in the Women’s draw and Juan Sánchez from Puerto Rico and the Argentinean Augustín Álvarez in the Men´s one.
In the Fly category, the titles were awarded to Carola López (Argentina) and Guilherme Dias (Brazil), while the silver medal holders were Margarita Espinoza (México) and Heiner Oviedo (Costa Rica). The winners of the battle for the bronze medals turned out being Julissa Díez from Peru and the American Charlotte Craig in Females and the Colombian Óscar Muñoz and the Dominican César Martínez in Males.
In the Heavy categories, the winners of both draws were the Mexican Guadalupe Ruiz López, who defeated Katherine Rodríguez (Dominican Republic), and the Canadian Olivier Pineau, who won over Kristopher Moiland from Costa Rica. The third step of the podiums was taken by Chanel Nguyen (USA) and Paula Wegscheider (Argentina) in the Females modality and Ocelotzin Sánchez Enríquez (Mexico) and Stephen Lambdin (USA) in Males.
In the medal table, Canada won the close fight against USA and took the first place with 5 golds, with the Americans collecting 4 and Mexico a total of 3.
Now is time for the 2012 Pan American Open, which will count with the participation of the color belts fighters on Saturday and the black belts ones during Sunday. We´ll keep you updated with the latest news and results.