The United States and Mexico come in third place

Distinguished fencing participation at the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago by Rancaguiño athlete Roberto Monsalva.

The young man who carried the torch in the relay that was held in the regional capital before the sports festival came to the national stadium to compete in the sword competition.

He did it very well. He was placed in the second group where he managed to reach the next round thanks to good work. He defeated Sebastian Cuellar of Ecuador (5-4), Enrico Grisolia of Brazil (5-2), Saul Gordon of Canada (5-4), Brandon Romo of Mexico (5-3) and lost to Elicer Romero of Venezuela (2). -5).

Already in the round of 16, he again beat Grisolia with a score of 15-11, and in the semi-finals he lost again to Romero with a score of 4-15. The latter won the silver medal.

After his participation in Santiago 2023, the sixth best shooter on the continent noted, “When I reached the top eight, I found myself surrounded by pure personalities that I had known since I was very young. I was the youngest among the group.” “It was there.”

He also confirmed: “I suffered an injury, and I almost missed the Pan American Games, so it was a good result for me. I can’t say I was expecting gold because that’s not realistic, but I’ll leave with good feelings, there were a lot of people, a lot of encouragement. It gave me a lot of motivation, I fought until the end and I will leave happy.

Finally, as a message to those starting the discipline, he said: “To all children, yes it is possible. It starts and doesn’t stop. I’ve been fencing for 15 years, I’m 22, and the truth is that there have been good moments and bad moments, but good moments like this always come.

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