Burnaby wrestler Justina Di Stasio representing Canada at the 2022 World Championships

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Di Stasio will compete in the women’s 76 kg category.

After capturing gold at the Commonwealth Games this summer, Justina Di Stasio will be looking to win another one.

The Burnaby product has been chosen as one of 20 athletes who will represent Canada at the 2022 World Championships in Serbia, through September 18.

The women’s competition in the 76kg weight class is due to start tomorrow (September 13) where the 29-year-old’s qualifying match will be against Vietnamese Thi Linh Dang.

She had already won gold at the 2018 World Championships in the 72 kg category.

“WCL is thrilled to have this talented group of wrestlers compete at the upcoming 2022 Senior World Championships,” Wrestling Canada Lutte General Manager Tamara Medwidsky said in a press release.

“With the success many have already had this year, these athletes have shown they are among the best in the Americas and the Commonwealth. Now is their chance to shine on the world stage.”

Last month, Di Stasio won gold in the women’s 76kg freestyle category at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.

She faced Hannah Rueben of Nigeria in the final, who took a 1-0 lead at the break.

In the second half, Di Stasio netted a four-point strikeout to take a 4-1 lead. She gave up just one more point and took gold with a 4-2 win.

“We had a game plan [for the gold medal match]I try to work my two on one and adapt on the fly,” Di Stasio told Wrestling Canada Lutte at the end of the gold medal match.

“Sometimes I give up on my game plan, but in this game when I heard my coach say something, I listened and I was able to do it. I needed to know I could do it. and now I do.”

In her opener, Di Stasio picked up a 10-0 win over Australia’s Naomi De Bruine which propelled her into the semi-finals against India’s Pooja Pooja.

She had a tougher competition in the semi-finals with India’s Pooja Shiag, but pulled off a 6-0 win and qualified for the gold medal bout.

Di Stasio, who lives in Coquitlam, already had several medals to his credit, including gold medals at the 2018 World Championships and 2019 Pan Am Games, as well as four more gold medals at previous Pan Am Championships.


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