Puerto Rico’s first medal arrives: Arelis Medina wins bronze in taekwondo at the 2023 Pan American Games

Puerto Rico’s first medal arrives: Arelis Medina wins bronze in taekwondo at the 2023 Pan American Games

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Santiago, Chile – The Puerto Rican Arelis Medina He won Puerto Rico’s first medal today, Saturday, at the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games, a bronze, by tying for third place in the individual poomsae modality, which is a taekwondo event.

I’m so excited. I am happy with the result. I’m left with a regret that I didn’t make it to the final, but nothing. I thank God, my family and those who have helped me financially.”Medina said.

Medina tied for third place with Mexican Kim Lee after losing to Maria Higueros, from the Independent Athletes delegation, in the semifinals.

The result of matches of the semifinal was 7,590 to 7,390 in favor of Higueros, who is originally from Guatemala, whose Olympic committee is suspended.

Medina tied with Mexican Kim Lee in third position. (Ramon “Tonito” Zayas)

Medina won his matches in the quarterfinals against the Peruvian Gabriela Castillo. The judges scored a 7.490 on the Puerto Rican’s routine, while Castillo received a 7.230.

The Puerto Rican was fourth place in the Lima 2019 Pan American Games and bronze medalist at the Barranquilla 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games.

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