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Cuba maintains second spot in medal standings of Pan American Games

The crowns on Sunday were for Mariela González who opened the athletics contest with a historic gold medal in the women's marathon event. Mariela, silver medalist four years ago in Santo Domingo, clocked 2:43.11 hours and became the first Cuban champion in Pan American marathon events. The silver and bronze medals were for Brazilians Marcia Narloch and Sirlene Pinho, respectively.

Meanwhile, the two other titles were for judokas Yanet Bermoy (women's 48 kg) and Sheila Espinosa (women's 52 kg) who helped Cuba finished atop the medal standings in the judo tournament with five crowns, three silver and five bronze medals. Brazil (4-6-3) and the United States (3-1-2) placed second and third, respectively.

Cuba also won a silver on Sunday with judoka Yasmani Pikey (men's 60 kg) and three bronze medals. One was for judoka Yordanis Arencibia (men's 66 kg), the other was for the men's handball team who beat Uruguay in the third-place match and the other was for Francisco Alvarez and Leonel Munder who walked away with the bronze in the men's beach volleyball tournament downing Canada in the bronze medal match.

After these results, the United States leads the general medal standings with 58 titles, 56 silver and 27 bronze while Cuba (29-12-19) and Brazil (26-23-36) place second and third, respectively.

Source: ACN

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