Puerto Rico Open 2019 (G-1) – Day 1: Mexico shows off in San Juan
Mexican fighters clinch 10 out of 16 Senior titles and take the overall trophy on Friday
San Juan Puerto Rico International Taekwondo Open 2019
G-1 category event
5-7 April 2019
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Day 1 – Report
Mexico showed all its Taekwondo force at Puerto Rico Open 2019 after winning 10 out of the 16 Senior titles awarded on Friday. With these 10 golds, the Mexican squad finished on top of the medal count of the category with a significant distance over the rest of countries involved.
Puerto Rico and Canada were the two other teams to step on the top of the podium with 2 gold medals each, while Cambodia and Denmark did also taste glory after bagging 1 title.
The Mexican fighters who took gold in San Juan were: Ashley Arana, who dominated the Women’s +73 kg division after getting rid of local Rodriguez by 4-3; Brenda Costa Rica, who triumphed in Women’s -46 kg by beting Yong from Canada 21-20; and Fabiola Villegas, who reigned in Women’s -53 kg after defeating the Canadian representative Brown by a close 21-20.
The Mexican male athletes who stepped on top of the podium were: Carlos Sansores, who won the Men’s +87 kg class by edging the local hope, Rodriguez, by a clear 18-3; Jorge Hernandez, who outscored Genest from Canada in the Men’s -54 kg crucial fight by an easy 20-2; Brandon Plaza, who proved to be the strongest in Men’s -58 after getting rid of Howes from USA by 44-11; Carlos Navarro, who added another Men’s -63 kg title to his collection after edging Hassan from Canada thanks to a withdrawal; Ruben Nava, the best in Men’s -68 kg after beating Nickolas from USA in the final clash (11-9); Rene Lizarraga, who left no chance for the rest of contestants in Men’s -74 after defeating Paradis from Canada 8 to 3; and Bryan Salazar, who reached the top of the Men’s -87 kg podium after outscoring the Canadian fighter Stewart by 14-7 in the gold match.