Written by Alexander Zammit
Thursday, 12 August 2010 14:29
Home team Brazil bagged five of the six gold medals up for grabs at the Americas Confederation's Women's Continental Championships, which were held in Brasilia from August 6-10.
The tournament saw eleven countries competing: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, United States and Venezuela. A total of 52 boxers were registered across AIBA's eleven women's weight divisions.
Brazil's 2010 South American Games champion Erica Matos kicked off her country's winning streak in the 46kg division with an emphatic 18:5 victory over Canada's McKenzie Wright.
Venezuela's Karla Magliocco took the honors at 48kg with a 10:3 victory over the USA's Jessica Ponce. After a difficult opening bout against Canada's Kim Klavel, which she won by a close 16:15, Magliocco stormed ahead to dismiss Costa Rica's Mariela Porras 27:0 in the semi-final.
Canada's 2007 Panamerican Champion Mandy Bujold took the gold at 51kg with an 11:4 victory over Argentina's Yanina Benavidez. Argentina's Debora Dionicius's then claimed gold in the 54kg class thanks to an 11:7 victory over Costa Rica's Carolina Arias.
Brazil dominated the middle weight classes (57kg and 60kg) with its two 2008 and 2009 Panamerican champions Tayna Cardoso and Adriana Araujo both beating Mexican opposition to add another two titles to the host country's haul.
Araujo beat Argentina's Dayana Sanchez in the 60kg final at this year's South American Games. But having moved up a weight class for the Continental Championships, Sanchez battled through to beat Brazil's Clauce Alves 14:12 to take the gold at 64kg in Brasilia.
Canada secured gold at 69kg and 75kg thanks to strong performances by Kandi Wyatt and Mary Spencer, while Brazil dominated the heavyweight categories as Roseli Feitosa dismissed Canada's Melinda Watpool 11:3 in the only 81kg bout and 2009 national champion Erica Cabrera eased past Costa Rica's Karla Rodriguez 8:2 to take Brazil's fifth and final gold medal.
Source: The AIBA
Photo: The AIBA