Gold for Gymnast Manrique

Manrique Larduet took gold in the vault with 15.125 points. Cuba closed the artistic gymnastics with two golds, one silver and one bronze medal

By: Norland Rosendo

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2015-07-16 | 21:25:20 EST
Manrique Larduet took gold in the vault with 15.125 points. Cuba closed the artistic gymnastics with two golds, one silver and one bronze medal.Manrique Larduet took gold in the vault with 15.125 points. Cuba closed the artistic gymnastics with two golds, one silver and one bronze medal. Photo: Ricardo López HeviaZoom
TORONTO.— He´s known by the public. They identify Cuban Manrique Larduet. Whispers arise in the stands as he´s getting ready. This Wednesday he came with nerves of steel. He ignores the judges and only focused in the elegance of his moves, the accuracy in the exercises. Art turned into sports, or sports turned into art. It´s just the same.

In the Coliseum of this city there were few empty seats this Wednesday. Gymnastics is very popular here. There was little space even in the disabled section. There was absolute silence in two Manrique´s appearances on the vault. He was almost perfect in his executions. Applause followed. No one else could beat the 15.125 points he got. At last the gold medal he deserved since day one.

When he came back to compete in the parallel bars the crowd rewarded him with another round of applause. He returned the gesture with a clear-cut performance. His coach said it was gold too. But it was worth the silver for the judges, they deemed Colombian Jossimar Calvo´s performance better.

The all-time most gold medal winning gymnast in Pan American Games, Cuban Erick López must be happy since Larduet has become his reliever.

In Manrique´s third competition, he came up fourth in the high bar. The gold medal went to Colombian Jossimar.

About the parallel bars result, Manrique said it was one of his best executions ever in this apparatus, “I thought I would win, but the judges thought otherwise. They are the ones who decide”.

On the final day, Randy Lerú was fifth on the high bar, the same position was held by Leidys Perdomo on the floor and Alberto Leyva finished eighth in the vault.

Cuba had not won a medal in artistic gymnastics since 2013 Santo Domingo Pan-American Games. Now it closed with two golds, one silver and one bronze medal. The United States (5-6-4)  led the standings.

Translated by ESTI

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