The Cuban delegation participating in the 2023 Pan American Games achieved historic marks this Tuesday, October 31, but did not improve its place in the medal table.
Table tennis, athletics, and judo had a spectacular day and brought several medals to the island.
Andy Pereira and Jorge Moisés Campos achieved the first Pan American gold for a Cuban men’s table tennis duo. “We are facing a very quality Brazilian couple. Hugo Calderano is number four in the world and Vitor Ishiy also has a good level. But we always thought we would get there if we tried hard,” Pereira said, quoted by Cubadebate.
Likewise, they claimed to have had the support of Inder and the Cuban Table Tennis Federation: “We made a training base in China for San Salvador 2023, then another here in Chile for these Games. Thus, we finalize details, we adapt to the climate.”
Cuban judo once again left outstanding marks in Chile when, in the team competition, those from the island beat Brazil in the final, with one division less.
Magdiel Estrada, Idalys Ortiz, Idelannis Gómez, Iván Silva, and Andy Granda competed for Cuba, and the last three achieved victory. Cuban judo overachieved at the 2023 Pan American Games, with six golds (5 individual and 1 team), in addition to a bronze.
Cuba’s Performance in the Panamericans
In athletics, there was a surprise for Cuba when Yunisleydis de la Caridad García won the 100-meter dash final. The athlete also climbed to the top of the podium at the Central American and Caribbean Games.
With jumps of 8.01 m, Cubans Alejandro Parada and Maykel Vidal took the silver and bronze medals in the long jump final of the XIX Pan American Games.
Pan American Medal Table 2023
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