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Cuba won five Greco-Roman gold medals on the final day of the Pan American Wrestling Championships in Frisco ©UWW


Cuba won five Greco-Roman gold medals on the final day of the Pan American Wrestling Championships in Frisco but were unable to prevent the United States from finishing top of the overall team standings as the hosts landed three titles of their own.

Oscar Pino Hinds rounded off a superb day for the Cubans by beating Brazil’s Eduard Soghomonyan in the closing seconds of the 130 kilograms final with a huge back-arching throw.

Having posted three technical falls in the morning session at the Dr. Pepper Arena in Texas, Hinds executed a lock around the body of Soghomonyan and arched him over for a 6-0 triumph.

Fellow Cuban Yasmany Lugo Cabrera, the Pan American Games gold medallist, also added a technical fall in his 98kg contest with Venezuela’s Luillys Perez Mora to a pair of falls in the morning session for his fifth Continental Championships crown.

The US’s hat-trick of gold medals was anchored by Geordan Speiller’s technical fall over Puerto Rico’s Luis Centeno Rodriguez in the 75kg final, dropping the former Pan American junior runner-up to his back for a 10-0 victory.

With Cuba only entering six wrestlers in the Greco-Roman events, the US’s Patrick Smith and Cheney Haight secured wins in the non-Olympic weight categories to give their country a 10-point margin of victory in the final team standings.

In the only head-to-head match-up between Cuba and the US, Pan American Games bronze medallist Miguel Martinez Palacios wrapped up his fourth technical fall of the day, 8-0, over Alejandro Sancho.

On the day, Martinez Palacios outscored his four opponents, 34-0, and was never extended beyond the first period.

Cuba’s other two finalists defeated opponents from Mexico for their gold medals.

Javier Dumenigo Gonzalez roared from behind against Pan American Games silver medallist Ali Soto Macias for a 13-6 win at 59kg, while Pan American Games bronze medallist Alan Vera Garcia cautiously forged a 6-2 win over 2015 Pan American championships bronze medal winner Alfonzo Leyva Yepez in the 85kg finals.

With the conclusion of the Pan American Championships, wrestlers who were unable to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games by finishing in the top six at last year’s World Championships now shift their focus to the Pan American Olympic qualification tournament in Frisco next week.


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Rheeza Grant Interview - August 2019 - 2019 Pan Am Games, Lima, Peru

Colin Murray |

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

A few fans stopped me to ask what I thought about the West In­dies' per­for­mance so far in the se­ries against In­dia in both the T20's and the ODIs.

DOUBLE GOLD MEDALLIST! Nicholas Paul of T&T celebrates beating compatriot Phillip Njisanel, also of T&T, to win the gold medal in the track cycling men's sprint final at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on August 3. (AP)

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

The Pan Amer­i­can Games closed on Sun­day but T&T is still cel­e­brat­ing its his­toric per­for­mance, claim­ing 13 medals, the most ever.

GOLFER Ysabelle Lawrence and martial arts’ Gabrielle Wood brought team TTO’s triumphant performance at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru to an end yesterday, hours before a ceremony closed the curtains to the quadrennial event after more than two weeks of action.

31 July is CANOC day. A message was sent out. That it barely registered or caught the attention of sport stakeholders in the Caribbean is an opportunity not a slight. CANOC must embrace the opportunity to heighten awareness and engage in enhanced outreach to provide information about the organisation.

It is cold in Lima, Peru, host city of the 2019 Pan Am Games. In fact, it is winter here in the South American nation.

I came in for some withering criticism recently for adopting the position, that as painful as it is, the current intolerable crime situation is an opportunity for T&T to recalibrate.

With the one-year countdown to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games officially underway, the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee, (TTOC) has announced that TTO athletes will benefit from a pre-games training camp at the Japan Athlete Training Center Osumi, in Osaki Town, Kagoshima Prefecture, as part of Japan’s Host Town Initiative.

Dylan Carter

Tokyo 2020

National swimmer Dylan Carter has qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan after reaching the semi-final in the 100m freestyle at the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships in South Korea.

In this file photo, (from L) TT's Keston Bledman, Emmanuel Callender, Richard Thompson and Marc Burns celebrate after winning silver in the men's 4×100m relay final at the National Stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 22, 2008.

Tokyo 2020

TEAM TTO has been assured of a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Twelve years after their second place finish at the 2008 Beijing Games, sprinters Richard Thompson, Marc Burns, Emmanuel Callender and Keston Bledman will receive their 4x100m relay gold.


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