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Coquitlam wrestling sisters earn first international medals of 2023

Ana and Karla Godinez Gonzalez won gold and silver respectively in France this past weekend.

Ana Godinez Gonzalez is undefeated to start her 2023 international campaign.

The 24-year-old Coquitlam wrestler claimed gold while representing Canada at the French Grand Prix — her and her sister Karla's first meet of the new season of United World Wrestling (UWW).

Ana won the 62 kg women's wrestling category at the tournament in Nice, France.

It's her third title since coming onto the circuit in 2019 and her first since winning gold at the 2022 Senior Pan-American Championships in Mexico.

Ana's other gold medal came at the 2021 under-23 world championships. She also earned silver at the 2022 Commonwealth Games and 2021 Poland Open, as well as bronze at the 2022 under-23 worlds and 2019 junior worlds.

She's currently ranked fifth for her weight class, according to the latest available UWW world rankings.

Meanwhile, Karla settled for silver in France this past weekend.

The 25-year-old fell in the final match of the 53 kg women's wrestling division, following up on her appearance last month with the all international team at the 2022 World Cup.

It's the fourth medal in her UWW career, adding to her 2022 Senior Pan-American Championships gold (55 kg), 2022 Zouhaier Sghaier silver (Tunisia) and 2022 world championships bronze.

Karla is ranked fourth in the world as a result of her current résumé.

Both Godinez Gonzalez sisters are members of the Burnaby Mountain Wrestling Club.

The next meet on the UWW schedule is set for Feb. 1 to 5 in Serbia for the 2023 Zagreb Open.