Mexico Open 2020 (G-1): Local fighters triumph with 10 golds
Home athletes clearly dominate the Senior division of the competition after grabbing 10 titles, 7 more than Dominican Republic
Complete Results: Seniors / Juniors / Cadets
Report – Seniors
Local fighters combined for a total of 10 gold medals this weekend to confirm Mexico as the most successful nation in the medal count of the Senior competition of the Mexico International Taekwondo Open 2020.
Mexican athletes left no chance for the rest of nations involved in the event to get closer to them in the final standings, but another country managed to take more than one title home: Dominican Republic. Dominican players won 3 golds and completed an outstanding performance in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco.
The remaining 3 gold medals were awarded to Ecuador, Poland and Guatemala.
The 10 Mexican players who managed to make it to the top of the final podiums were: Bryan Salazar, who dominated the Men’s -87 kg division after edging his comptriot Rodriguez by 11-4 in the final; Jose Pastor, who proved to be the strongest in Men’s -74 kg after beating his teammate Gutierrez in the gold medal match by 12-7; Carlos Navarro, who shone over the rest of competitors in Men’s -63 kg after getting rid of another Mexican, Avila, by 8-5; Brandon Plaza, who climbed to the top of the Men’s -58 kg podium after outscoring Lugo from Mexico by a clear 23-11; Jose Contreras, who set the standard in Men’s -54 kg after defeating Gonzalez by 37-29 in the last fight of the draw; Carlos Sansores, who was the best in Men’s +87 kg after Rafael Alba’s (Cuba) withdrawal in Men’s +87 kg; Maria Espinoza, who added another Women’s +73 kg title to her collection after edging Monreal by a clear 5-0 score in the final; Victoria Tamez, who reached to highest step of the Women’s -67 kg division after beating her compatriot Soltero by a close 2-1; Daniela Paola Souza, who dominated the Women’s -49 kg class after defeating Stambaugh from Puerto Rico by 5-0 in the final; and Vanessa Garcia, who shone over the rest of players in Women’s -46 kg after getting rid of Nohemi from Mexico by 10-4.