Leslie Soltero wins GOLD in taekwondo at the 2023 Pan American Games

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Leslie Soltero He returned to winning ways after failing to win an international title since winning the Guadalajara 2022 World Championship title. LMexican taekwondoin At the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago, the gold medal in the category of less than 67 kilos, and that triumph drives her to continue in search of the Olympic dream.

I feel very happy and very happy with this result, We have worked very hard. We prepare hard for all the events of the year, and In this we fought with our hearts and the result came, so I'm happy to have achieved it. It has been a difficult year, we have had many competitions where I had not achieved the result I expected, but we always learn from them, and now I am here with the gold medal,” declared Soltero.

Single on his way to the podium, he first faced the Venezuelan Jarolit Castellanos, whom he beat 2-0, while in the quarterfinals he defeated Danielle Teachout for 2-0. In the semifinals he realized the Canadian Nicole Kraayeveld by 2-1 and in the final he beat the Haitian Soon Lee 2-0.

The toughest opponent is yourself, and if you defeat yourself you can achieve many things and be successful, it was always the battle with myself, to say clearly that I can,” said Soltero.

With this gold medal, Leslie added 40 points to the Olympic ranking and will once again enter the top 10.

Let's go for an Olympic dream, no matter what the path, We are working on that dream and we will continue building it.

Whether through the ranking or the pre-Olympic route, both methods are complicated, and we are seeing which is possible. These Pan American points help me be among the best in the ranking and I am very happy with that,” said Soltero, who currently occupies 11th place in the Olympic ranking.


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