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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Chilean María Fernanda Valdés with More Experience to Lima 2019

Chilean weightlifter María Fernanda Valdés assures that the experience accumulated in its previous Pan-American games will guide her in search of a gold medal in Lima 2019.

Winner of two silver medals in Guadalajara 2011 and Toronto 2015, María Fernanda is one of the surest medal winners to increase the number of medals for the Chilean delegation in the Pan-American Games of Lima whose to start next July 26th.

In statements to the press she assured that 'this far in my career I have matured enough in comparison with what I was before and now ponder things more but I don't overlook the real sense of sports that is to compete.'

'I will enjoy the Pan-American Games, and although I will seek a medal, the important thing is to have a good time, to enjoy the competition and keep all the experiences', said the athlete after a concentration in Colombia, she says to feel 'hundred percent bodily.'

María Fernanda remembered that in Guadalajara she was surprised at the result because she didn’t think even of winning a medal, while in Toronto she was going through a bad psychological moment and she was in a slump to the point of considering retirement if she didn't reach a good result.

Now the story is different, because the Fernanda of the previous Pan-American Games was immature, says the 28 year-old athlete, competing in the under 75 kg in her record sheet appear attendances to the Olympic Games of London 2012 and Rio de Janeiro 2016.

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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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15 Dead As Landslide Crashes Into Hotel During Wedding Celebration

Lima: A landslide crashed into a hotel during a wedding celebration in southeastern Peru, killing at least 15 people, authorities said Sunday.

"The mudslide broke through the walls of the hotel, crashing through," the mayor of the city of Abancay, where the hotel is located, told RPP radio.

The mayor, Evaristo Ramos, said about 100 guests had been invited to the wedding party Saturday and "there are 15 dead and 34 injured."

Firefighters, police and residents worked through the night to rescue people still trapped under rubble, mud and rocks.

Civil defense chief General Jorge Chavez said that the dead were 11 women and four men.

They did not include the bride and groom, Benedicta Palomino and Bladimir Marquez, who were in stable condition, local officials said. 

Authorities said the Alhambra hotel was built very close to a hillside. A retaining wall collapsed, and the mudslide brought the hotel roof down on the partygoers below, they said.

People searching for missing relatives were urged to visit surrounding health centers to find and identify their loved ones.

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Thousands join "March to defend Mother Earth" in Lima

Thousands of people gathered Wednesday in this capital for the "worldwide march to defend Mother Earth" called by civil and indigenous organizations and unions meeting at the People's Summit simultaneously with the United Nations COP20 climate change summit here.

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