Canadian boxers Biyarslanov, Bujold strike gold at Olympic qualifier
3 Canadians earn Olympic berths with victories in Buenos Aires
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.
Gold for 64kg Arthur BIYARSLANOV After winning 3 bouts in 3 days, he walks away with a ticket to Rio & a gold medal <a href="https://t.co/BZbDMJqpnt">pic.twitter.com/BZbDMJqpnt</a>—@boxing_canada
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.
We did it baby, all the hard work payed off, got my ticket to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Rio2016?src=hash">#Rio2016</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamCanada">@TeamCanada</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/boxing_canada">@boxing_canada</a> <a href="https://t.co/kOtoMD2QNi">pic.twitter.com/kOtoMD2QNi</a>—@ArthurNoxchi
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.
We did it ! Gold medal, oh Canada and <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Rio2016?src=hash">#Rio2016</a> thanks for all the support and prayers 👊🇨🇦👊 <a href="https://t.co/GMVcZHii3T">pic.twitter.com/GMVcZHii3T</a>—@ArthurNoxchi
Decided to treat myself with some junk ... Why not ? Worked hard lol i think i'll be okay <a href="https://t.co/nm07QLt2mA">pic.twitter.com/nm07QLt2mA</a>—@ArthurNoxchi
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.
Result | Résultat 51kg Mandy BUJOLD win | gagne 3-0 Ingrit Valencia (COL) <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/olympicqualifiers?src=hash">#olympicqualifiers</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/goldmedal?src=hash">#goldmedal</a> <a href="https://t.co/IClbVP38wa">pic.twitter.com/IClbVP38wa</a>—@boxing_canada
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."
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
Rio here we come!! <a href="https://twitter.com/AryFortin">@AryFortin</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamCanada">@TeamCanada</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/boxing_canada">@boxing_canada</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/BoxingOntario">@BoxingOntario</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/CBCOlympics">@CBCOlympics</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Rio2016?src=hash">#Rio2016</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TeamCanada?src=hash">#TeamCanada</a> <a href="https://t.co/u14G36pltV">pic.twitter.com/u14G36pltV</a>—@MandyBujold