Paloma Martínez has become the first Chilean woman to win a gold medal in para-taekwondo. She triumphed at the 8th World Cup in Turkey. She aims to participate in the upcoming Paralympic Games.
The Chilean sportswoman was crowned the winner in the under-30 category, after winning three bouts, beating the representatives of Turkey and Russia, who took second and third place, respectively.
Aurora Labbé, the athlete’s mother, said, “I’m so proud of my daughter,” and mentioned that they would continue working to fulfill her daughter’s dreams.
¡La inmensa alegría de un título mundial! Paloma Martínez ?? disfruta el primer lugar ?? en el Mundial de Parataekwondo de Turquía ?? ¡Felicitaciones ???! #ChileCompite ? Federación de Taekwondo pic.twitter.com/h8YOvknQ1d
— #ChileCompite ??? (@INDChileOficial) February 5, 2019
Congratulations from Chile
Congratulations were quick to follow. Germán Codina, the mayor of Puente Alto, the district where Paloma lives, commented on this historical accomplishment, saying, “Without a doubt this is a proud moment for Puente Alto but also for the country.”
Paloma has been practicing taekwondo for five years, but this isn’t the first time she has won a gold medal. In the Panamerican Para-Taekwondo Games in the United States, she also won first place.
Paralympic Games in 2020
The para-taekwondo will be part of the Tokyo Paralympic games in 2020.
The new world champion wasn’t the only Chilean representative in this world cup. Daniel Salinas and Claudio Fuentes also participated.
Nelson Quiroz is a 4th grade student in Journalism at the Universidad Central and will be interning at Chile Today between February and May. He writes about youth culture and fashion.