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3 Canadians earn Olympic berths with victories in Buenos Aires

Canadian boxers Mandy Bujold and Ariane Brochu-Fortin secured Olympic berths on Thursday at the 2016 American qualification event in Buenos Aires.

Mandy Bujold headlines trio making their way to Summer Games

Canada’s Mandy Bujold, seen here showing off her Pan Am Games gold medals, secured an Olympic berth Thursday at the 2016 American qualification event in Buenos Aires. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

Canadian boxers Mandy Bujold, Ariane Brochu-Fortin and Arthur Biyarslanov secured Olympic berths on Thursday at the 2016 American qualification event in Buenos Aires. 

Bujold had a decisive semifinal victory over Grazieli Jesus de Sousa of Brazil.

The Kitchener, Ont. fighter easily outpointed Brazilian opponent 3-0 in the 51-kilogram division, advancing to Saturday's final.

Bujold, 28, is a two-time Pan American champion, and she also captured gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Brochu-Fortin had a stiffer test in Andreia de Oliviera Bandeira of Brazil, but still walked away with a 2-1 victory in the 69-75 kg division.

The Russian-born Biyarslanov, who moved to Canada at the age of 10, defeated Guatemalan Carlos Tobar, punching his ticket to Rio.

The three-time Canadian champion had no trouble with Tobar, defeating him 3-0 in the 64 kg division. 

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