CURAZAO 2017:NEW NAMES TAKING GOLD IN CURAÇAO
Young promising karateka Carolina Dayana Videla of Chile claimed her first gold in major international competition following her victory in Female Kumite -61kg over Colombia's Stefanny Medina, and became one of the new names to watch at continental level.
Ashley Davis of the USA also took her first gold in individual competition by defeating Mexico's Sachiko Ramos in Female Kumite -68 kg. The World Championships bronze medallist in Female Team Kumite was one of the three gold medallist for the USA at the competition.
In one of her first appearances in senior competition at international level Colombia's Shanee Torres prevailed in Female Kumite 68+ kg as the 19 year-old defeated Ana Isabel Mendoza of Mexico thus stating the prevalence of young generations in international tournaments.
In his first title in over five years, Luis Trivino gave Colombian delegation even more reasons to celebrate after winning gold in Male Kumite -67kg. The 2012 continental title-holder surprised and defeated favorite Andres Madera of Venezuela in one of the most notable upsets of the event.
At 22 years-old, Daniel Gaysinsky of Canada claimed his first title in major competition after edging Cuba's Lazaro Chapman in Male Kumite 84+ kg.
Brazil topped the medal table of the tournament with a tally of eight medals and four golds. Colombia with nine medals and three golds, and the USA with 11 medals and three golds also completed successful performances in the memorable event in Curaçao.