• A second gold for Costa Rica in the history of the Pan American Championships: Reina Córdoba Calderón - a mother and phys ed teacher in everyday life

A second gold for Costa Rica in the history of the Pan American Championships: Reina Córdoba Calderón - a mother and phys ed teacher in everyday life

Personalities
29 August 2016 Sergei Grishin

The Costa Rican performed flawlessly in the final of the 56 kg weight class against Lina Barbosa of Colombia - she dominated in clinches throughout the fight, combined and created close calls and made a lot of throws to win a well-earned victory. It wasn't just a win, but also a historic gold medal for Costa Rico, the second one in the history of SAMBO in this country.

Watch one of the throws of the Costa Rican Pan American SAMBO champion in the final match right here:

Read a short interview with Reina Córdoba Calderón here:

"This is a very important medal, not only for me, but for our country. We started developing SAMBO in Costa Rica quite recently, just 2 years ago, so of course this medal is a real joy and means a lot to us. In principle, we train in order to compete and win medals. Right? So, the gold medal today means we're doing everything right, and that's great.

You know, I just missed reaching the podium at the World Championships in Morocco. I lost my "bronze" fight and came in fifth. It was really frustrating, and today I'm very happy that I finally won a medal.

What do I do besides sports? You know, outside of training, I don't have enough time for anything special except sports. First of all, I'm a mother. Second, I work as a phys ed teacher. So I'm occupied with my son (he turns 3 in October), I work and I train.

By the way, I'm dedicating this win and my gold medal to my son. First, of course, I'll call my family, my mother and brothers, because I want to share the joy of this victory with them."