Cuba scores solid victories in pole vaulting, running and rowing at the 2014 Veracruz Games on Friday.
The Cuban delegation took the lead Friday in athletics at the Central American and Caribbean Games Veracruz 2014 after capturing 8 gold medals in the contests.
The first gold was won by Lazaro Eduardo Borges, and Yankier Lara took the silver medal after the men’s pole vaulting contest. The Mexican athlete Raul Alejandro Rios won a bronze medal.
Cubans Ernesto Reve and Lazaro Martinez did well in the triple vault. The first ended at 16.94, while the second athlete timed 16.91. The Dominican representative, Yordanys García, took the bronze medal, registering at 16.67.
The third gold was won by Yordan Luis Ofarril after topping the 110 meter hurdles at 13.46 seconds, and his compatriot Jhoanis Carlos Portilla took the silver, with 13.53. The bronze was won by Greggmar Swift of Barbados.
In the 800-meter race, the final triumph was had by Cuban Andy Gonzalez. Gonzalez crossed the finish line with his best time ever, 1:45.73 minutes. This makes Gonzalez the champion of the Veracruz Games this year.
The record is held by his compatriot, double Olympic champion Alberto Juantorena (Montreal, 1976), who timed in Havana in 1982 at 1:45.15 minutes.
Gonzalez’s victory qualifies his country as a leader in the area with 17 gold medals, 13 silver, and six bronze, ahead of Mexico (7-8-7) and Colombia (4-7-8).
The Cubans also stood out at the Veracruz Games in rowing. Cuban Angel Fournier dominated men’s rowing in Lake Mandinga, by completing the 2,000 meter stretch in 6:13.49 minutes, accompanied by Juan Carlos Cabrera (6:18.30) and the Venezuelan Emilio Torres (6:27.79). Cuba also stood out in badminton and boxing on Friday.
teleSUR, November 28, 2014