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Canadian boxers Biyarslanov, Bujold strike gold at Olympic qualifier

Canadians Mandy Bujold and Arthur Biyarslanov picked up gold medals today, three days after qualifying for the Rio Olympics along with fellow Canadian Ariane Brochu-Fortin.

3 Canadians earn Olympic berths with victories in Buenos Aires

Arthur Biyarslanov (right) lands a punch on Yasnier Toledo of Cuba during the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto in the 64kg class. (Richard Lautens/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Three days after qualifying for the Rio Olympics, Canadians Mandy Bujold and Arthur Biyarslanov are gold medal champions at the 2016 American Olympic qualifier event in Buenos Aires.

Biyarslanov, who moved to Canada at the age of 10, defeated Guatemalan Carlos Tobar to punch his ticket to Rio on Thursday. It will be his first Olympic Games.

But the real celebration started after the men's 64-kilogram division final, where Biyarslanov won a close 2-1 fight against Venezuela's Luis Arcon Diaz.

Bujold followed up with a gold medal of her own later on Saturday afternoon, dominating Columbia's Ingrit Valencia 3-0 in the women's 51-kilogram division.

"I have fought Valencia three times before and each time it's a great bout," Bujold told CBC Sports. "She is a very game opponent and continues to improve which in turn makes me push myself to be very creative in the ring."

Bujold, 28, is a two-time Pan American champion, and 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medal winner, but this will be her first Olympic Games.

On Thursday, Bujold was joined by fellow Canadian Ariane Brochu-Fortin, both securing their Olympic berths.

"‎It was challenging for me to pump myself up after all the emotions of qualifying in the semi-finals," said Bujold. "Nonetheless I felt very relaxed going into this bout, so I really wanted to take the opportunity to keep my focus and make an impression in my weight division."