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Cuba, Brazil for second place in Rio

Cuba and Brazil are striving for the second place at the 15th Pan-American Games, but the balance is tilted on the Caribbean island's side.

About 100 medals will be on dispute during the last two days of competitions, and the Cubans are expected to win at least four medals more than the Brazilians.

Predicting who the medalists will be is a fortune-teller's work, but an analysis on each sport might lead to some guesses.

Most reporters from Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Chile and Argentina expect the Cuban athletes to finish second by countries.

The sports in which Cubans have more possibilities to win medals are boxing, wrestling and athletics.

However, the Brazilians have great potential in such sports as artistic gymnastics, sailing, karate and men's volleyball.

The table of medals is topped by the United States, which has won 79 gold, 69 silver and 38 bronze medals. Brazil is second with 35 gold, 31 silver and 45 bronze medals, followed by Cuba with 35 gold, 20 silver and 30 bronze medals.

Source: By Luis Enrique González, Prensa Latina

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