Cuba’s fourth place at the recently concluded Pan-American Games was as unexpected as it was painful. With 36 gold medals, 20 less than planned, Cuba walked away with the slimmest gold harvest since 1971, when the incredible story of how the island became the United States’ runner-up at these tournaments began to be written in Cali, Colombia.
The latest Pan-American Games came to an end and Cuban sports authorities are very much distressed. The local predictions made prior to the competition suffered from an excess of optimism. Cuba’s delegation came out in fourth place. The official aim of retaining the island’s second place was not reached.
Cuba didn’t fare too well at the Pan-American Games. For the first time since 1967, it came in fourth, bumped back from the habitual second place, and saw an avalanche of desertions by athletes who left for the United States.
Former Cuban athlete Javier Sotomayor, considered the best high jumper in history, was just nationalized Spanish, reported dpa news.
It’s a scorching hot day in Havana. One need only go out for a stroll to work up a good sweat. The sun makes its hot presence felt in the Cuban capital, where, despite this, many people continue to practice sports. (31 photos)
Cuba rallied for a four-run bottom of the ninth walk-off 7-6 win for the bronze over Puerto Rico and Canada with a three-run bottom of the tenth took the game away from the USA, also by the score of 7-6, for the gold.
In a repeat of the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara the Cuban national team was defeated in the semifinal round on Saturday by its eternal baseball rival, the United States.
Team USA took away Canada’s unbeaten status on Friday and will now meet Cuba in the semifinal game of the Pan American Games baseball tournament on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. (ET).
After ending its qualifying round play with a come from behind 11-6 win over Nicaragua, the Cuban baseball team has the day off on Friday. The day’s games will determine who Cuba plays on Saturday in their semifinal contest.
With little room for another defeat, the Cuban national baseball team went into Ajax Park Stadium in Toronto on Wednesday and got the job done starting with a big first inning rally, reported Ray Otero of baseballdecuba.com.