The Dominican Republic claimed five of the 13 gold medals on offer as action begun today at the 2018 Pan American Sambo Championships in Acapulco.
Two of the country's triumphs at the Emotion Casino Jai Alai came in women’s competition, with Julia Quiterio beating Mexico’s Emma Sanchez in the 48 kilograms final and Mary Paniagua defeating Guatemala’s Andrea Menegazzo in the 64kg gold medal match.
There was further success for the Dominican Republic in the men’s 52kg final, which saw Anderson Pineda overcome Brazil’s Raí Dias.
Combat sambo also produced two gold medals for the nation with Francisco Guzman beating Uruguay’s Alex Furtado in the 68kg final and Bladimir Frias defeating Saint Lucia's Thierry Augustine in the 100kg equivalent.
Hosts Mexico ranked second in terms of the number of wins today with three.
Their gold medallists were Andrea Guillen in the women’s 72kg, Gilberto Cardoso in the men’s 74kg and Angel Delgado in the men’s 90kg.
Guillen beat the Dominican Republic’s Ruth Montero to top honours, while Cardoso overcame Costa Rica’s Daniel Diaz and Delgado defeated Brazil’s Cassio Junior.
Venezuela tasted victory on two occasions thanks to the performances of Hendrymar Rodriguez in the women’s 56kg and Lucas Borregales in the men’s 62kg.
Rodriguez beat Costa Rica’s Reina Cordoba in her final, while Borregales defeated Canada’s Adam MacFadyen in his.
The three other finals held today saw the United States’ Alexandr Fischetti overcome Honduras’ Marvin Varela in the men’s over 100kg, Colombia’s Juan Franco beat Mexico’s Imanol Rodriguez in the combat sambo 57kg and Jamaica’s Matthew Colquhoun defeat the Dominican Republic’s Bladimil Beltre in the combat sambo 82kg.
Action at the Emotion Casino Jai Alai is due to conclude tomorrow with an additional 13 weight categories taking centre stage.
Competition in beach sambo, making its debut at the Championships, is set to take place on Papagayo Beach in the evening.