Paula Pareto won the gold medal at the Pan American Championship in Guadalajara

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La Peque was the champion by defeating Mexican Edna Carrillo, 35th in the world ranking, in the final.

Judoka Paula Pareto, a double Olympic medalist in the category up to 48 kilos, won gold this Friday at the Pan-American in Guadalajara, Mexico, her second competition of the year.

La Peque, who had won the silver medal at the Grand Slam in Budapest, Hungary, was champion when she defeated Mexican Edna Carrillo, 35th in the world ranking, in the final, and in the semifinals, she beat another Argentine, Keisy Perafán , who came from the repechage and took the bronze.

Pareto played twelve Pan American championships: he won five (today’s; Lima, Peru, 2019; San José, Costa Rica, 2018; Panama 2017 and Guadalajara, Mexico 2011); in three he obtained the silver medal (Havana, Cuba 2016; Toronto and Edmonton, Canada, 2015); and in three he finished third (Guayaquil, Ecuador, 2014; San José, Costa Rica, 2013 and El Salvador 2010).

In the only senior Pan American in which the Peque did not get on the podium was in Montreal, Canada, 2012, in which she finished fifth, and which was won by Cuban Dayaris Mestre Alvarez.

Pareto, 34, returned to compete last October after 14 months and won the silver medal in Budapest after losing the final to Kosovar Distria Krasniqi, winner of the Paris Grand Slam in February and bronze medal in the World Cup in Japan 2019 and that she was second in the world ranking.

With his result in Budapest, he rose to eighth place, from 14th, in the world ranking and Krasnigi to first.

Last March, Pareto, who was in Russia to play the Yekaterinburg Grand Slam, returned to the country without participating, as the World Judo Federation (IJF) canceled all qualifying events for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games due to the pandemic. of coronavirus.

Then, he trained at home and later at the National Center for High Performance Sports (Cenard) in the Núñez neighborhood. And in July and August he worked for a few weeks in a specially designed “health bubble” in Santa Teresita.

Pareto, a trauma doctor, had played his last contest in August 2019 within the framework of the World Cup in Tokyo, Japan, in which he finished seventh.

She obtained the bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 in the category up to 48 kilograms, after defeating the Korean Bokyeong Jeong by waza-ari, becoming the first Argentine of the story that a gold medal was hung.

The Buenos Aires judoka was the winner of the bronze medal at the Pan American Games in Rio 2007; gold in those of Guadalajara, Mexico, 2011; and silver in Toronto, Canada, 2015; and conquered the 2015 World Cup that was held in the city of Astana, Kazakhstan, by defeating the Japanese Haruna Asami in the final.

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