Brazil won six of the 13 gold medals on offer at today's International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) Judo American Championships in Montreal.
Among the South American nation’s winners was Lucia Araujo, who beat Argentina’s Laura Gonzalez 2-0 in the women's under-57 kilograms best-of-three-matches clash at the Canadian city’s Pierre-Charbonneau Centre.
Brazil’s two other female victors were Giulia Pereira and Meg Emmerich at under-48kg and over-70kg, respectively.
Pereira was the sole competitor in her category, while Emmerich defeated compatriot Rebeca Silva 5-0 in her final with the United States' Katie Davis and Cuba's Dalidaivis Rodriguez Clark taking home the bronze medals.
There were also podium-topping performances from three Brazilian males – Antônio Silva, Luan Pimentel and Wilians Silva de Araújo.
Silva was joined on the under-100kg podium by silver medallist Benjamin Goodrich of the US and third-place finisher Isao Rafael Cruz Alonso.
Pimentel finished ahead of Argentina’s Fabian Ramirez and Mexico’s Raul Abraham Ortiz Carreon in the under-73kg standings, while Araújo overcame Cuba's Yordani Fernandez Sastre 10-0 in the over-100kg final.
Completing the over-100kg podium were the US’s Robert Anderson and Trey Lampkin.
Hosts Canada and Mexico each had two gold medallists today.
The home nation’s winners were Priscilla Gagné in the women’s under-52kg category and Michelle Jorgensen in the women’s under-70kg division.
After receiving a bye through the first round, Gagné beat Brazilian Maria Nubea Dos Santos Lins by ippon in golden score and Karla Cardoso, also from Brazil, in just over a minute in the final.
"I felt very prepared mentally today and 90 per cent of the fight is about mental preparation, so I feel like if that’s ready, everything is fine," the Canadian said.
Mexico’s victors were Paralympic champion Eduardo Adrian Avila Sanchez and Brayan Mizael Valencia Preciado in the men’s under-81kg and under-90kg categories, respectively.
Also tasting victory today were Argentina’s Eduardo Gauto in the men’s under-66kg, Uruguay’s Henry Borges in the men’s under-60kg, and the US’s Maria Liana Mutia in the women’s under-63kg.
The event was the first of three judo qualification events for this year's Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
There will be further Tokyo 2020 qualification opportunities at Grand Prix events in English city Nottingham on April 11 and 12, and Azerbaijan’s capital Baku on May 11 and 12.