The judoka from Buenos Aires and double Olympic medalist in the category up to 48 kilos, Paula Pareto, won gold this Friday in the Pan American Guadalajara, in Mexico, in what was his second competition of the year.
“La Peque”, who a few weeks ago had won the silver medal at the Grand Slam in Budapest, Hungary, this time she was champion by beating the Mexican in the final Edna carrillo, 35th in the world ranking, and took one more step in his maximum goal in the short time, which is to return to be a protagonist in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which were postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In the semifinals of the competition that took place in Guadalajara, Pareto beat another Argentine, Keisy Perafán, who came from the repechage and took the bronze.
In total, the Olympic medalist played twelve Pan American Games: won five (the one of this day; Lima, Peru, 2019; San José, Costa Rica, 2018; Panama 2017 and Guadalajara, Mexico 2011); in three he obtained second place (Havana, Cuba 2016; Toronto and Edmonton, Canada, 2015); Y 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 Pareto did not get on the podium was the one held in the city of Montreal, Canada, in 2012. On that occasion, he finished fifth and the competition was won by the Cuban Dayaris Mestre Alvarez.
It is Paula Pareto’s second competition so far this year, after several months of inactivity
“La Peque”, 34, returned to compete last October after 14 months and won the silver medal in Budapest after losing the final against the Kosovar Krasniqi Dystria, winner of the Paris Grand Slam in February and a bronze medalist at the 2019 World Cup in Japan, who was second in the world ranking.
With his result in Budapest, Pareto rose from 14th to eighth in the world rankings. Last March he traveled to Russia to play the Ekaterinburg Grand Slam, but returned to the country without participating, as the World Judo Federation (FIJ) canceled all qualifying events for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Then, the Argentine trained at home with incredible movements that went viral on social media, and she experienced the pandemic from within at the San Isidro Hospital. Later, he continued the practices in the National Center for High Performance Sports (Cenard) from the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Núñez. And in July and August he worked for a few weeks in a specially designed “health bubble” in Santa Teresita.
Pareto, who in addition to being a judoka is a traumatologist, had played his last contest in August 2019 within the framework of the World Cup in Tokyo, Japan, in which he finished seventh.
Paula Pareto, training at home
He 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 beating the Korean by waza-ari Bokyeong jeong, becoming the first Argentine in history to be hung with a gold medal.
The young woman from Buenos Aires 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 played in the city of Astana, Kazakhstan, by defeating the Japanese Haruna Asami in the end.
Now, it will be time for Paula to return to the country and continue training at CeNARD, awaiting confirmation if the Grand Prix of Zagreb, in Croatia, which has no date, will take place. So far, the judo federation has the Tokyo Grand Slam as the last tournament of the year, which is scheduled for December 11-13.
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Paula Pareto returned to competition after 14 months and took the podium at the Judo Grand Slam in Budapest
Gabriela Sabatini’s judo practice with Paula Pareto