Havana, Apr 16 - With two gold medals by Magdiel Estrada and Arnaes Odelín this Thursday ended the first day for Cuba at the Pan-American Judo Senior Championship in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Estrada in the 73 kg division only had to fight twice to take the gold and 700 points for the world ranking, a figure that in the next update could place him with a direct ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The Cuban from Matanzas in the semifinals arranged to extend the Golden Rule of local Eduardo Araujo, who was scored third shido (penalty) at 6:27 minutes to decree his disqualification.
In the final he won for wazari against the Peruvian Alonso Wong. The bronzes were taken by the Mexican Gilberto Cardoso and the Costa Rican Julián Sancho.
Estrada before the tournament in the Dome of the Code of the capital of Jalisco had a place for the Japanese capital by continental quota as the highest scoring by the Island after the five in direct classification places.
In the case of Odelín it was the one of more fights celebrated to arrive at the first place in the podium.
She defeated the American Amelia Fulgentes for the semifinals, which dealt phase ippon in just 59 seconds at Leilani Akiyama. For the golden prize, she beat Brazilian Ketelyn Nascimento, in 5:09 minutes, who was marked by hansoku make (disqualification).
The Cuban should rise a lot from the 57th seat by 699 points when she joins and they update the ranks. His total of 1,399 should assign him the seat of the continental quota.
With Polanco's silver came another good news, as that medal earns him 490 points.
He had already risen to 35 with 1,588 after other good results in the grand slam of Tbilisi, Georgia, and Antalya, Turkey. Surely next Monday it will appear in the green zone reserved for direct access with a total 2,078.
These good hopes for Cuba were preceded this Thursday by the departure of Maylín del Toro's organization charts at 63 kg and Idalys Ortiz at +78, due to being positive in the PCR test for covid-19, according to medical sources from headquarters.
After the results of the start, Brazil leads the table by countries with harvest two metals of each type followed by Cuba (2-1-0), Ecuador (1-1-2), Chile (1-0-0), Mexico, United States and Peru (0-1-2), and Dominican Republic, Panama, Canada and Costa Rica (0-0-1).
For Cuba, Kaliema Antomarchi will close this Friday, who will start with a pass to the semifinals against Canadian Coralie Godbout. (JIT)