Ana Godinez Gonzalez wins gold in Wrestling Grand Prix in France

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According to Paula Nichols and Sydney Wray of the Canadian Olympic Committee on Monday, Ana Godinez Gonzalez of Burnaby, British Columbia won a gold medal on Friday in the women’s 62 kilogram division at the Grand Prix de France Henri Delgane in Nice. It would be one of five medals won by Canadian women in the event as Karla Godinez Gonzalez of Coquitlam, British Columbia won silver in the women’s 53 kilogram division, Justina Di Stasio of Burnaby won silver in the women’s 76 kilogram division, Tianna Kennett of Manor, Saskatchewan won bronze in the women’s 57 kilogram division, and Taylor Follensbee of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan won bronze in the women’s 76 kilogram division.

Ana Godinez Gonzalez beat Mimi Hristova of Bulgaria in the gold medal final of the women’s 62 kilogram division. Esther Kolawole of Nigeria and Lais Nunes of Brazil shared the bronze medal.

Karla Godinez Gonzalez lost to Anastasia Blayvas of Germany in the gold medal final of the women’s 53 kilogram division. Annika Wendle and Nina Hemmer, both of Germany, shared the bronze medal.

Di Stasio and Follensbee shared the podium in the women’s 76 kilogram division. Elmira Syzdykova of Kazakhstan won gold and Francy Radelt of Germany won bronze.

Kennett shared bronze with Sandra Paruszewski of Germany in the women’s 57 kilogram division. Elena Brugger of Germany won gold and Luisa Valverde of Ecuador won silver. The medals for Kennett, Karla Godinez Gonzalez, Ana Godinez Gonzalez, Di Stasio and Follensbee will boost their confidence as they prepare for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. 

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