3 Canadians earn Olympic berths with victories in Buenos Aires
Mandy Bujold headlines trio making their way to Summer Games
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.
I'M GOING TO RIO!!!!!!!! Words can't describe the way I'm feeling right now! All I can say is Hard Work really does pay off!!! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TeamBujold?src=hash">#TeamBujold</a>—@MandyBujold
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.
Result | Résultat 75kg Ariane Fortin won | gagne 2-1 Andreia de Oliveira (BRA) <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/olympicqualifiers?src=hash">#olympicqualifiers</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RoadToRio?src=hash">#RoadToRio</a> <a href="https://t.co/8pf3HpXRaf">pic.twitter.com/8pf3HpXRaf</a>—@boxing_canada
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.
Result | Résultat 64kg Arthur BIYARSLANOV Win | gagne 3-0 Carlos Tobar (GUA) <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/olympicqualifiers?src=hash">#olympicqualifiers</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/theWolf?src=hash">#theWolf</a> <a href="https://t.co/Lnk2LjL3kH">pic.twitter.com/Lnk2LjL3kH</a>—@boxing_canada