Mijaín López: The Fifth and the Olympus for a Gladiator without Bounds

Mijaín López has a unique physique and his fifth title in Pan-American Games, reign that began in Santo Domingo 2003 and certainly constitutes an intermediate step toward the sport Olympus of Tokyo.

When talking about sport legends worldwide you need to tell his history with golden edges. Mijaín López doesn't have absolutely anything to prove, but the motivation that holds his fourth Olympic medal keeps him extremely focused at his 37 years of age.

Mijaín López has a unique physique and his fifth title in Pan-American Games, reign that began in Santo Domingo 2003 and certainly constitutes an intermediate step toward the sport Olympus of Tokyo.

In fact, going through the competition with three convincing wins, scoring 21 points and again allowing no points against, makes us feel confident to attain his objective. On top of that the body weight; a relentless opponent weren’t a difficult obstacle for him.

His match in the semi-finals against the Chilean of Cuban origin Yasmany Acosta, his teammate on the mats for nine years and bronze medal winner in the World Championship seem the most difficult.

Mijaín took the initiative of the match, unfazed against the attacks of Acosta, knowing him perfectly… he was able to take him to the four-points position, and raising a defense against his “pincers” and his lethal sways, it’s practically impossible.

His match for the gold medal was an easy win against Venezuelan Moses Pérez for technical superiority of 9-0.

Just watching him walk on the mats leads to an overdose of respect, his opponents must think the same, even the hardest, like some of those that he will face in his second crusade through the German Bundesliga, a truly demanding and advantageous scenario for his training aiming at the Olympic Games in Japan.

Before that he will seek his classification in the World Championship next September (14-22) in Nur-Sultan,Kazakhstan. If he wins there, it would be his sixth World medal; he will certainly aim for the medal together with the classification for the Olympics that will be reserved for the first six of each division in Kazakhstan.

Mijaín was accompanied by other free style wrestlers on the podium Yusneylys Guzmán (silver in 50 kgs) and Lienna de la Caridad Montero (bronze-53 kg).

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Pan Am Women’s Baseball Championship to be launched, will serve as WBSC World Cup qualifier

The Pan American Baseball Confederation (COPABE) will stage the historic first-ever women’s baseball continental championship in Aguascalientes, Mexico, from 18-25 August. The Pan Am Women’s Baseball Championship will serve as the respective pathway into the WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup.

WBSC is allocating four spots to the Americas for the 2020 Women’s Baseball World Cup.

Eight nations — Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, USA and Venezuela — will be sending their Women’s National Baseball Teams to compete in Aguascalientes.

The squads will open with a round-robin. Following the round-robin, the two top teams in the standings will compete in the championship game, while the 3rd and 4th Place teams will battle for bronze. The teams advancing to the Final and Bronze Medal match will be qualified into the WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup 2020.

Newly crowned European Champion France was the first nation to qualify for next year’s Women’s Baseball World Cup, the biggest baseball event for women.

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From Lima to Havana: The Power is Among Bull’s Eyes

Before leaving for Lima the competition goal for sport shooting it wasn’t to win the gold medal in the ten-meter airgun in both male and female teams. The truth is that nobody has shot from that distance like Jorge Grau from Guantanamo and Laina Pérez from Matanzas.

In fact, their duet in the mixed modality already looks frightening for their opponents.

Grau’s history deserves to be told in several chapters. It’s the living expression of equanimity. Meticulous to the bone he is considered a perfectionist of the technique and he isolates when engaged in competition as if he were in another galaxy.

This Sunday he finally succeeded after years of dedication, of reviewing sequences at the Polygon Enrique Borbonet, he let go of the position tenth (568-16X) in Toronto 2015; and position fourth (572-100.1) of Guadalajara 2011.

In Las Palmas, Grau advanced second to the finale (574-19X), breathigndown the neck of the North American Nickolaus Mowrer (575-20X) who would certainly be the first obstacle on his way to the glory.

He got his revenge in the definition and unnerved shot after shot was aiming at the medal, until after the 16th he climbed to the top. He lost the lead again in the 20, but his 237.3 points became a deep gap as a minimum difference for Mowrer (236.7). The bronze medal for the Brazilian Julio Antonio de Souza with 217.3 points.

Besides, Grau registered to the Olympic Games of Tokyo 2020, he established a continental top and he already thinks of making a strong double with Laina in Japan.

Guillermo Pías, the other Cuban in competition, couldn’t win a ticket for the discussion of medals, and he ended in position 14 with 565-14X points.

Eglys became the top medal winner in the shot in these competitions (4-4-1). Picture: Mónica Ramírez, special correspondent.

Eglys: Legend of the Pan-American shot and aiming at Tokyo

Sometimes, when the horizon looks ideal to endorse a title, only a few tenth prevent us from that romance with the glory. Eglys Cruz is the kind of shooter who keeps her calm at all times. I remember her for her reaction when she won the bronze medal in the Olympic Games of Beijing 2008 in this modality of 50 meter rifle three positions. I go back in time and I remember her debut in Pan-American Games, in Santo Domingo 2003.

Now in Lima she was unfazed to the fact of losing her crown 454.2 against 454.9 to the North American Sarah Beard, regardless fighting to the very end. Neither the fact of becoming the greatest medal winner in the sport shot in the history of these competitions, raising her winning sheet to (4-4-1).

It was a true tiebreak that definition, speckled by successive escalades to the top and demonstrations of unquestionable power between both shooters.

Earlier, in the preliminary round, Eglys (1 151-52X) had ended seventh among the eight who advanced to the finale; Beard had passed second 1 165-61X; and the also Cuban Dianelys Pérez, winner of Guadalajara 2011 had passed third (1 165-59X).

But we have already said the discussion of medals is a horse of another color.

After 15 shots in the kneeling, prone and standing positions, Eglys fluctuated between the first and third places, while Dianelys oscillated between the seventh and fourth position, the latter was the definitive one, thanks to 430.8. The bronze medal went to the also North American Virginia Thrasher (444).

For Eglys Cruz, her performance was a personal record in key moments, and it was worth to assure a place in Tokyo 2020 next year, honor reserved for the two leaders among 24 registered shooters.

Eglys moved the U.S. shooter, Christina Schulse Ashcroft (0-4-4) who unfortunately could never win. Our unfazed and calm shooter still has two other choices in Las Palmas, in the modalities of air and mixed air. We will have to wait and see what "gunpowder” she has.

Cuba to Announce 420-Athlete Delegation to PANAM Lima-2019

Cuba will officially announce on Thursday its delegation made up of 420 athletes to participate the Pan American Games in Lima to be held from July 26 to August 11, 2019, according to the President of the National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (INDER), Jose Antonio Miranda.

In statements to JIT publication, Miranda said that two shooters as well as boxing and wrestling teams are already training in Lima, where the most important arrivals will take place on July 21 and 22.

He said that athletes are positively training and reiterated the Cuban delegation purpose of reaching a better result than the one obtained in Toronto-2015, when winning 36 gold medals and rating fourth place. Miranda is part of a group of INDER´s executives that coordinates logistical and organizational actions to guarantee a successful stay for the Cuban delegation.

The Cuban delegation is made up of remarkable figures, such as the Greco-Roman wrestler Mijain Lopez, boxers Julio Cesar la Cruz and Andy Cruz, judoka Idalys Ortiz and shooter Leuris Pupo.

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Mijain Lopez, a Cuban Legend for Making More History

Sports Ambassador of the Pan American Games Lima-2019 and emblematic figure, the Cuban wrestler Mijain Lopez is set for making more history.

If possible, we would say when talking about Lopez's achievements, the giant wrestler of 1.96 m, who, at 36, is still interested in increasing his records, including three Olympic gold medals, three Pan-American gold medals and four World Cups in Greco-Roman wrestling.

'The truth is that I am pretty motivated and confident that I will be able to provide the Cuban people with more satisfaction and to myself as well,' he told Prensa Latina.

After being appointed once afresh the flag-bearer of the Cuban delegation to compete in Lima-2019 (from July 26), Mijain Lopez admitted that he is being training so hard so as to reach two major goals.

He longs for winning in Lima-2019 and the Olympic Games in Tokyo, by completing one of the most important sports work regarding the Greco-Roman wrestling.

'To make these new dreams come true it takes a great deal of sacrifice and motivation. I am truly aware of seriousness which I must take on the hard work to come, perhaps the most complicated in my whole sports career,' he stated.

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Nursing Congresses Slated for Havana in October

Nurses contribution to excellence in health services is the motto of the 14th Congress of the Pan American Federation of Nursing Professionals and the 16th Congress of the Cuban Society of this specialty, which will be held from October 5th to 9th in Havana.

According to the Virtual Health Convention Center, delegates to the meetings will discuss the training of human resources from the scientific-technical perspective, and participation in health policy and health systems, among other topics.

Participants will also talk about nursing skills to prescribe, assign, manage and maintain the systems and therapeutic care plans by clinical and scientific methods.

Parallel to the congresses, there will be other sessions, including: the Neonatal Nursing Alliance Pan American Symposium, the Network of Child Health Nursing, Teaching Nursing, Community Nursing and the Third Meeting of Medical Specialty Networks.

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Cuba Beats DR in U23 Pan Am Volleyball Cup

HAVANA, Cuba, Oct 9 (acn) Cuban men's team defeated the Dominican Republic in the fourth day of the preliminaries of the 2nd U23 Pan American Volleyball Cup, which takes place in the Sports City Coliseum, in Havana.

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Tijuana prepared to welcome Men’s Pan Am Cup

The preparations for the IX Men's Pan American Volleyball Cup are ongoing and the Organizing Committee has held coordination meetings and working towards the event expected to have nine top teams the continent.

Operational, logistical and preparation in the technical aspects were recently analyzed in the facilities of High Performance Center, with the presence of personnel in the areas of High Level Competition, Talent Development, Computing and Public Relations, as well as Sports Medicine.

The most recent meeting was chaired by the Director of High Level Competition César Osuna, who was accompanied by the director of Talent Development, Javier Medina to analyze the operation of the event scheduled from August 9-17.

The Senior Men's Cup returns to the state where it was born eight years ago, when in 2006, the first male competition was played, following the success of women's editions also born in the first decade of the XXI century at the border region.

Given the experience of the organizing committee, a big event is expected to take place in the city of Tijuana, with the High Performance Center as the official venue. In addition, the competition will be a test one year away from the U21 Men’s World Championship in 2015.

Special flavor

The Men's Pan American Cup will also be special for the fans around the border as it will be the last chance to watch the national senior team in action before they leave to participate in the FIVB World Championship to be held in Poland from August 30 to September 21.

The national team will have a dual purpose in the cup, first as preparation for the world event and second to seek its permanency in the FIVB World League, where they reached last year as runner-ups in the Pan American event after finishing second in the continent and the best of NORCECA Confederation in the event.

The event also will serve to promote the Mexican reappearance in a world men’s event for second edition in a row.

The Worlds Road 

Four years ago and after almost two decades of absence, a Mexican team qualified to the world championship held in Italy in 2010.

At the time, the squad was coached by Jorge Azair, now in charge of the women's senior team, also qualified to the 2014 world event to be held in Italy.

The last time Mexico participated in the world championship in both genders was in 1982, with the men's team in Argentina and the women's in Peru. It would take 28 years for a male team to make a comeback in Italy 2010, and 20 years for the ladies in 2002.

Also, to top it off, this year it is the 40th anniversary of the 1974 Volleyball World Championships held in Mexico.

Forty years ago, the world championships were played in both genders, with the women earning a ninth place and the men finishing tenth. The worlds were played ​​in six cities, these being Mexico City (with the National Auditorium as stage), Puebla, Toluca, Guadalajara, Monterrey and Tijuana (at Fausto Gutierrez Moreno Auditorium).

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