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Cuban pairs win men's and women's tournaments in Veracruz

Cuba's Leila Martínez and Lianma Flores celebrate their triumph in front of a full crowd at Magic Kingdom Park in Veracruz on Sunday
Veracruz, Mexico, November 30, 2014 - Cuban teams claimed the gold medals in the men's and women's beach volleyball tournaments at the XXII Central American and Caribbean Games on Sunday at Magic Kingdom Park.

Leila Martinez and Lianma Flores defeated Mexico’s Martha Revuelta and Bibi Candelas 2-0 (21-18, 21-18) for the women’s title, while compatriots Nivaldo Díaz and Sergio Gonzalez took home the men’s crown with a 2-1 (22-24, 21-19, 15-12) exciting victory over Venezuela’s Jackson Henriquez and Jesus Villafañe.

“We prepared for this the whole year, training hard back home and playing in several NORCECA tournaments to fine tune our strategies,” Martínez said.

“Our strengths are based on our serves and we played as hard as possible to be crowned champions here,” Flores added.

Gonzalez, the veteran of the new Cuban men’s tandem, said: “Venezuela is a high-level team, but our better physical shape and height made the difference. I am thrilled with the win because we had a very strong preparation during the whole year”.
Venezuela’s Olaya Pazo and Norisbeth Agudo won the women’s bronze medals with a 2-0 (21-19, 21-15) victory over Costa Rica’s Karen Cope and Natalia Alfaro.

The men’s bronze medal went to Mexico’s Lombardo Ontiveros and Juan Virgen, who beat Puerto Rico’s Roberto Rodriguez and Eric Haddock 2-0 (21-14, 21-18).


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