Cuba’s outstanding performances on the world sports scene
Cuban athletes have recently achieved significant results in international competitions, winning gold medals in judo, boxing, canoeing, and athletics, reaffirming prospects for the 2019 Pan-American Games in Lima
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june 5, 2019 16:06:13
Yaimé Pérez (left) and Denia Caballero on an exciting day for Cuba.
Photo: Ricardo López Hevia
Cuban athletes have recently achieved significant results in international sports competitions, winning several gold medals in judo, boxing, canoeing, and athletics, reaffirming prospects for the 19th Pan-American Games Lima of 2019, scheduled in the Peruvian capital this coming July 26 through August 11.
London 2012 Olympic champion, Idalis Ortiz, won the gold medal in the +78kg division of the Judo Grand Prix in Hohhot, China, on May 26, according to the tournament website.
She started strong in the quarterfinals, defeating China’s Yafei Zhou by wazari. Then, in the semifinals, she excelled with the same technique to overcome German Jasmin Kuelbs, and in the final, faced Japan’s Maya Akiba, who was disqualified after receiving three warnings for failing to engage in combat for 45 seconds.
This victory gave Ortiz some 700 points for the world ranking, which she leads with 7,340, far ahead of her closest rival, Brazilian María Suelen Altheman (5,735).
Two other Cubans won bronze: Kaliema Antomarchi (78 kg) and Iván Silva (90 kg), while Andy Granda (+100) finished seventh.
The Cuban delegation, including six judokas, finished fifth on the medal chart, in a contest led by South Korea, with four titles and two bronzes.
President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez tweeted his congratulations to Cuban boxers, who won five gold medals in the Grand Prix Usti nad Labem, a tough boxing tournament recently concluded in the Czech Republic. Continue reading