Brazil Sweeps Golds in Para Taekwondo as Well

The South Americans, who had prevailed in three out of six matches for the bronze medal, secured gold in three out of the four finals contested this Friday.

Friday, November 24th, 2023.- Brazil's dominance at the Santiago 2023 Parapan American Games seems unchallenged in any sport, and Para taekwondo is no exception. On the first day of medal competitions, having already secured three out of six bronze medals, Brazilian dominance in the finals was even greater, claiming three out of the four gold medals at stake.

In the female's division, Silvana Cardoso defeated Mexican Elisa Koyoma 38-1 in the 57kg category, while Ana Silva overcame Daniela Martínez, also from Mexico, with a score of 12-5 in the 65kg category. In the male's 63kg category, Nathan Sodario triumphed 18-16 over Dominican Geraldo Castro.

"It wasn't easy to get to Santiago, much less defend my gold, but with determination, hard work, and discipline, goals can be achieved. I am very excited," said Cardoso, who had also won gold at Lima 2019.

The only champion from a different nationality was Argentinian Juan Samorano, who in the male's 70kg category defeated Cuban Mitchel Suárez 21-20.

"It was a very tough fight. Cuba has very good athletes, very physically tough. I experienced it like never before; it was a difficult, tremendous final, and I am very proud of myself and what I achieved," stated Samorano.

Para taekwondo concludes this Saturday with the preliminary rounds and finals in the remaining categories.

Written by Camila Silva - Alejandro Pérez; translated by Rocio Rojas / Santiago 2023 vía Photosport
Photo by Pablo Bigorra / Santiago 2023 vía Photosport