SAMBO athlete from Costa Rica Nicole Castro won the gold medal of the Pan American Championships in the weight category -68 kg. among women.
In an interview for the FIAS website, she spoke about the bout with injury and tears from victory.
“Before the final bout, I had a pain in my knee – an old injury manifested itself. It is always very difficult to act with injury, but we are athletes and we must be able to overcome ourselves. I had to show character,” Nicole Castro said.
“I am very pleased with this victory, I’m so glad that tears of happiness come to me. I will definitely celebrate my victory with the team and with my family,” the athlete from Costa Rica said.
The Pan American SAMBO Championships was held in the Dominican Republic.