On Tuesday, July 14, Cuban judoka Idalys Ortiz defended her gold medal in the women’s heavyweight (+78 kg) division which she first won at the last Pan American Games in Guadalajara 2011.
In the final, Ortiz, 2013 and 2014 world champion and the 2012 Olympic gold medal winner, defeated Mexican Vanessa Zambotti, who holds several continental medals. Neither were able to score points so the judges’ decision was based on the greater number of warnings given to Zambotti.
Silver went to Maria Suelen Altheman of Brazil, the silver medallist in the two most recent World Championships, and Nina Cutro-Kelly of the U.S. took Bronze.
Brazil has cemented its overall judo dominance with five gold medals, two silver and six bronze.
The final day for Pan Am judo saw golds go to Brazilians Luciano Correa (100 kg) and David Moura (+100 kg) who joined their compatriots Charles Chibana (66 kg), Tiago Camilo (90 kg) and Erika Miranda (52 kg) as champions of this year’s tournament.
Brazil’s fighters medalled in 13 of the 14 divisions of the competition. Cuba is the only country with more judo medals with three golds, three silver and eight bronze.
Cuba’s other gold medals went to Magdiel Estrada (73 kg) and Dayaris Mestre (48 kg), the first on the country’s judo squad to win gold this year.