Cuba adds a silver and a bronze medals in Rio
The Cuban delegation won yesterday one silver and one bronze medal through Greco-Roman wrestler Yasmany Lugo and discus thrower Denia Caballero, respectively, in the Olympic Games held in Rio, Brazil.
Lugo (98 kg), with his 0-3 loss in the final to Armenian Artur Aleksanyan, gave Cuba its second silver medal, third one provided by Greco-Roman wrestling added to the crowns won by Ismael Borrero (59) and Mijail Lopez (130), who became three-time Olympic champion.
Likewise, the also wrestler Miguel Martinez (66) debuted losing 2-4 to Azeri Rasul Chunayev, who could not take the Cuban to the repechage by being eliminated in semifinals.
In athletics, Caballero increased to four the harvest of bronze metals when finishing third (65.34 meters), first medal of the Cuban athletics in Rio 2016, while her teammate Yaime Perez concluded last with three fouls.
Also in this sport, Roberto Skyers qualified for today´s semifinal of the men´s 200 meters when arriving second in his qualifying heat with time of 20.44 seconds, while his countryman Reynier Mena ran out of options when finishing fourth, even with better time than Skyers´ (20.42) but in a tougher heat led by aces American LeShawn Merritt and French Christophe Lemaitre.
The women´s pole vault final will also have Cuban participation, since the world champion Yarisley Silva managed to reach it when flying over 4.60 meters, performance which could not imitate the short hurdler Yordan O`Farril, who was eliminated in his semifinal heat.
Young triple jumper Lazaro Martinez starred another highlighting performance, by the seat obtained and not by the achieved record as he was eighth with jump of 16.68 m.
It was also praiseworthy the participation of gymnast Manrique Larduet, who competed injured in the apparatus finals of parallel bars, where he finished fifth with score of 15,625 points, and on the horizontal bar, sixth with 15,033.
Finally, cyclist Marlies Mejías was awarded a memorable seventh seat in the omnium when totaling 173 points after completing the six events (scratch, individual pursuit, elimination race, individual time trial, flying lap and points race).