Silver for Cuba in World Cup Canoeing
Cuban canoeists Serguey Torres and Karel Aguilar won a silver medal at the World Cup at Szeged, Hungary, with competitors from 104 countries.
The multi-medalists got their prize leading a two-seater canoe (C-2) in the 200 meter competition, after going empty handed -contrary to the expectations- in the 1,000 and 500 meter contests.
The duets time was of 37.480 seconds, behind the 37.454 seconds clocked by Lithuanians Raimundas Labuckas and Tomas Gadeikis. A time of 38.618 placed Kaissar Normaganbetov and Alexandr Dyadch, from Kazakhstan, third in the competition.In a single-seater canoe (C-1), Aldo Pruna finished second on the Group B finals, which placed him in 11th position of the general scoring; while Raidel Ramos conquered the 16th position on the 1,000 meter C-1 lead.
In this way, Cuba walked away with a silver medal in the World Cup, which gathered over 600 competitors according to the event website.Ranking first was Hungary with six gold, eleven silver, and seven bronze medals, while Germany ranked second by winning 5-3-0, and Slovakia finished third with the score 3-0-0.
The next chances for Cuban canoeists will be the Rio de Janeiro Pan-American Games from July 13-29, and in the World Championship to be held August 8-12 in Duisburg to classify for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.