Yusneylis Guzmán celebrates his gold in San Salvador, June 30, 2023. Photo: Roberto Morejón/ JIT.

Yusneylis Guzmán (50 kg) today achieved for Cuba the only fighter ticket to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games

, in a continental qualifying tournament where four other representatives of the Island gave up on that purpose.

In the event held in the Mexican city of Acapulco, Guzmán obtained the ticket after beating Canadian Geneviése Morrison Haley 6-2 in the semifinals.

As in all the divisions called,

the two best fighters in each weight obtained the ticket.

Ours – holder of the 2023 Pan American Games and with Olympic experience in Tokyo 2020 – had reached that decisive confrontation after beating the Salvadoran Karla Yesenia Hernández and then dominating the Ecuadorian Jacqueline del Rocío Mollocana with a score of 6-4 .

In that lawsuit the final of the continental event Santiago de Chile was repeated.


Yusneylis joins Milaymis de la Caridad Marín (76 kg) as the only representatives of the Island with safe places heading to the French capital.

Marín had already achieved it at the 2023 world event.

Laura Herin (53 kg), Ángela Álvarez (57 kg), María Fernanda Santana (62 kg) and Brenda Sterling (68 kg) also competed in the Aztec city for Cuba, but none of them

managed to reach the final and thereby secure a place. .

Herin —Pan American runner-up in the Chilean capital—

lost 6-9 in the semifinals against the American Dominique Olivia Parrish

, world title holder in 2022. Before, ours achieved a 8-2 victory against the Canadian Karla Lorena Godínez.

For her part, Ángela Álvarez also fell in the semifinals

against the Ecuadorian Luisa Elizabeth Valverde

, tanned like her in the last Pan American Games.

Prior to that fight, the Venezuelan signed a surprising comeback against the Brazilian Giullia Peñalber, continental champion in 2023.

For her part,

María Fernanda lost by a blow in the quarterfinals against the American Kayla Miracle

, 2019 continental titleholder and double world runner-up.


Brenda Sterling lost due to technical superiority in that same phase to the also northerner Amit Elor

, universal champion in 2023 of the categories for under 20 years, under 23 and seniors.

The last opportunity for the fighters will take place in a world pre-Olympic tournament

agreed for the month of May and which will award three tickets in each division.

This Friday the freestyle men will look for their tickets.

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