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Paula Pareto the First Female Gold Medallist for Argentina in Olympic Games



Paula Pareto became the first-ever female gold medallist for Argentina when se won the judo women's -48kg in Rio.

Paula, nicknamed "La Peque" (The small one), was born in San Fernando, ArgentinaShe began swimming at the age of four, and a year later, she took up gymnastics. Her inspiration for judo arose when she was 9. Her first judo club was Club San Fernando. She soon won her first tournament, and when she decided to continue practicing judo, she moved to bigger Club Estudiantes de La Plata. First years she competed in the −44 kg division but later moved up to the −48 kg category. She is a big football fan and plays football with her friends. She had a period when she wanted to play football professionally, but she left the idea to pursue her judo career after that.

She won the bronze medal at 2008 Summer Olympics in one of the most dramatic matches of the whole tournament. She is also very successful in continental games and championships like Pan American Games.

In August 2015, Paula won the gold medal at the World Judo Championship in Astana, Kazakhstan, her first world title. At the 2016 Summer Olympics, Paula defeated Jeong Bo-kyeong to capture her first Olympic gold medal.


In August 2015, Paula won the gold medal at the World Judo Championship in Astana, Kazakhstan, her first world title. At the 2016 Summer Olympics, Paula defeated Jeong Bo-kyeong to capture her first Olympic gold medal.

In November 2010, Paula was granted the Platinum Konex Award as Argentina's best sportswoman of the last decade. In December 2015, she received the Gold Olimpia Award as the best athlete of the year from her country.


Luis Ovsejevich (Presidente Fundación Konex), Paula Pareto, Gabriela Sabatini (Invitada Especial Gran Jurado)


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