Brazilians Daniel Cargnin and Larissa Pimenta tasted victory as action began today at the Pan American Senior Judo Championships in Lima.
Cargnin defeated home favourite Juan Postigos in the men's under-66 kilograms final, while Pimenta beat the United States' Angelica Delgado to the women's under-52kg gold medal in Coliseum One of Videna National Sports Complex in the Peruvian capital.
"I think the word is resilience," Cargnin told JudoInside.
"The last two finals I was winning from waza-ari and the strategy for this year was to think one fight at a time.
"The work that has been done by the CBJ (Brazilian Judo Confederation) has helped me a lot to grow as an athlete and to develop myself as a person."
The men's under-66kg bronze medals went to Cuba's Orlando Polanco and Canada's Jacob Valois.
Peru's Brillith Gamarra Carbajal and Brazil's Sarah Menezes were the women's under-52kg bronze medallists.
Today’s two other female winners were Argentina's Paula Pareto at under-48kg and Canada's Christa Deguchi at under-57kg.
Pareto overcame Brazil's Nathalia Brigida in her final, while Deguchi beat another Brazilian, Rafaela Silva.
Mexico's Edna Carrillo and Cuba's Vanesa Godines Aleman were the under-48kg bronze medallists.
Rounding off the under-57kg podium were Cuba's Anailys Dorvigni and the Dominican Republic's Ana Rosa.
Also triumphing was Ecuador's Lenin Preciado in the men’s under-60kg division.
He defeated Brazil's Eric Takabatake in the final to defend his title.
The bronze medals went to Cuba's Roberto Almenares and Preciado's compatriot Steven Morocho.
Action is due to continue tomorrow.
Medals will be awarded in the men’s under-73kg and under-81kg categories, and women’s under-63kg and under-70kg divisions.