Dominican Republic sambist Ruth Montero has talked up the sport's beach discipline after winning two gold medals at the Pan American Championships.
Montero first won the 72 kilograms title in regular sports sambo at an event held in her home capital city Santo Domingo last month.
She then repeated the achievement on the sand a day later by claiming the beach sambo title.
The International Sambo Federation is hoping for further exposure for beach sambo which can sit alongside its sport and combat disciplines.
"While preparing for beach sambo competitions, I thought it would be difficult, because it is harder to keep balance on the sand," said Montero.
"But I still managed to win.
"If to choose between these two disciplines, then perhaps I like beach sambo more."
Montero also enjoyed fighting in front of her home fans.
"I was actively preparing for this Championship, I was very motivated, as I fought not only for myself, but also for my country," she said.
"At home, it is always easier and more pleasant to perform, the support of the fans always helps.
"When there are so many people behind your back, you simply have no right to lose."