Sofia Open 2019 (G-1) – Day 2: Mexico wins the Senior title
Mexican athletes take 6 out of 16 Senior titles on Sunday to reign on the final standings
Sofia International Taekwondo Open 2019
G-1 category event
20-21 April 2019
Day 2 – Report
Mexican athletes shone over the rest of nations involved in the 2019 edition of the Sofia Open after winning 6 out of the 16 Senior titles awarded on Sunday.
Jordan was the second most successful country in the event after bagging 3 gold medals, while USA and Greece collecte 2 titles each on the closing day of the competition. Great Britain, Cyprus and Croatia were the other teams to step on top of the final podium with 1 gold medal each.
The Mexican champions at Sofia Open 2019 were: Cesar Rodriguez, who dominated the Men’s -58 kg division after grabbing the gold medal thanks to Jack Woolley’s (ireland) withdrawal from the final match of the draw; Carlos Navarro, who proved to be the strongest athlete in Men’s -63 kg after getting rid of Alhalawani from Jordan by 10-7 in the crucial fight; Bryan Salazar, who reached the top of the Men’s -87 kg class after defeating Sadek from Jordan by a close 13-10 in the gold medal fight; Daniel Paola Souza, who left no chance for the rest of contestants in Women’s -49 kg to taste glory after edging Hronova from the Czech Republic by 16-12 in the crucial clash; Maria Espinoza, who added another Women’s -73 kg crown to her collection after outscoring Gorman-Shore from USA in a thrilling final by 15-14; and Ashley Arana, who had to face and beat Iva Rados from Croatia by 9-3 to bag the Women’s +73 kg gold medal.
Day 1 – Report
Greece was the dominant nation in Juniors after collecting 4 gold medals on Saturday, more than any other country involved. Belgium took 3 titles in the category, while Bulgaria, Spain and Serbia reached the top of the podium in 2 occasions each as well. Sweden, Croatia, Albania, Moldova, Andorra, Russia and Romania did all taste gold once.
In Cadets, Bulgaria and Serbia were the most successful teams during the first day of competition after collecting no less than 4 titles each. Ukraine did also perform at a very high level with 3 golds, while Finland, Greece and Belgium bagged 2 titles. Tunisia, Romania and Ireland also tasted glory in the event with 1 gold.
In Children, local competitors dominated the class after winning 4 gold medals. Ukraine, Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Ireland were the other 4 nations to climb to the top of the podium with 1 title each.
Today Sunday will be the day for the Senior starts to take the mats at Asics Arena.
On April 20-21, the city of Sofia, capital of Bulgaria, will welcome one more Taekwondo event in the old continent. After the recent successful Multi Games 2019, Asics Arena will now be hosting the G1 Sofia Open International Taekwondo tournament, which has reached a total of 800 registrants from Children, Cadet, Junior and Senior categories.
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