The Brazilian couple Carine Morais and Rafael Barros won the World Salsa Open 2012 this weekend during the Puerto Rico Salsa Congress at a hotel in San Juan, organizers said.

After winning the contest, Barros proposed to his dance partner, who accepted Saturday before the hundreds of people attending the event, which had continued for several days in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel at the Isla Verde tourist resort.

Second place in the championship went to Argentines Karen Forcano and Ricardo Vega, and third place to Mexicans Paulina Posadas and David Zepeda.

The champions received the $5,000 first prize, while the first runners-up won $3,000 and the third-place couple $2,000.

The other finalists were the Argentines Julieta Ibañez and Marcelo Alcaraz, Americans Rachel Rodriguez and Angel Martinez, the Italians Fiorela Franceschini and Davide Cavalieri, and two Puerto Rican couples, Bruno Rodriguez and Ondara Lopez along with Kelvin Hernandez and Licellot Maldonado.

Meanwhile the prize in the men's solo category went to Venezuela's Yeifren Mata. Second place was taken by the Australian Oliver Pineda and third place went to Puerto Rico's Leonardo Montalvo.

The women's solo was taken by the Puerto Rican Sheila de Jesus followed by Italy's Fiorella Franceschini and another Puerto Rican, Jessica Quiles.

In this year's competition the organizers added two new categories, both won by Puerto Ricans - Jorvian Santana and Walian Sanchez won the junior men's solo and the junior women's solo, respectively.

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