Cuban Delegation Wins First Medals

Blind swimmer Yunerki Ortega broke the ice with his unexpected second place in 200m medley

By: Raiko Martín

Email: raiko@juventudrebelde.cu

2015-08-10 | 14:23:10 EST
The other gold medal of the day was achieved by outstanding swimmer Lorenzo Pérez, the best of all competitors in the S-6 400m freestyle, which is not his strong point.The other gold medal of the day was achieved by outstanding swimmer Lorenzo Pérez, the best of all competitors in the S-6 400m freestyle, which is not his strong point. Photo: Armando HernándezZoom
The Cuban delegation entered the medal table of Toronto 2015 Para-Pan Am games this Saturday, on its first competition day, with two gold and two silver medals in swimming and diving.

Blind swimmer Yunerki Ortega broke the ice with his unexpected second place in 200m medley by clocking 2:41.12 min. The Cuban was beaten by Colombian Bryan Urbano (2:39.98) after having led the competition in three segments. Another Colombian, Leider Lemus with 2:50.55, finished in third position.

But the gold medal did not wait much longer to come for the Cuban delegation, since weightlifter Leydi Rodríguez beat all her rivals in the 41-45 kg division. Leydi’s progression was perfect until lifting up 77 kg in her third attempt lying face up on the bench press overtaking Mexicans Laura Cerero and Mayra Hernández, who ended up with 68 and 65 kg, respectively. 

The other gold medal of the day was achieved by outstanding swimmer Lorenzo Pérez, the best of all competitors in the S-6 400m freestyle, which is not his strong point.

However, the young athlete clocked 5:14.41 min, establishing a new competition record. To top it all, Pérez pushed the favorites down on the podium for the win, since Brazilian Tallison Glock and Colombian Nelson Crispín came second and third with 5:15.08 and 5:21.11 min respectively.

Such a performance makes Cuba’s swimmer one of the strongest candidates for medal-winning leader within the Cuban delegation, since he’ll take part in the 50 and 100 m freestyle competition for this category.
For his part, weightlifter César Rubio won the fourth medal for Cuba by winning the silver medal in the 49-54 kg division.

Rubio opened the competition failing in 140 kg, and after lifting this weight the judges disallowed his third attempt on 146. Therefore, he finished second after Chile’s Jorge Carinao, who closed his performance with eight kg over the Cuban. The third place was for Brazil’s Lucio Becerra with 138.

After the first competition day, Cuba holds the seventh position in the medal table which is led by Brazil with seven titles, followed by Mexico (5), United States (4), Canada and Colombia with three titles each.

Translated by ESTI 

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