Portuguese, German athletes win Havana Triathlon

Portugal's Alexandre Nobre won the 2018 Havana International Triathlon with a time of 1:50:23, trailed by his teammate and compatriot Manuel Arraiolos.

In the women's division, Germany's Anabel Knoll won, with Cuba's Leslie Amat coming in second and Brazil's Vittoria Lopes in third.

The annual competition, which takes place under the auspices of the International Triathlon Federation and awards points for the world ranking, began with the 1,500-meter swimming competition at the Marina Hemingway, west of the capital.

At the start, Nobre and Arraiolos were not in the lead, but managed to catch up in the 40-kilometer bike ride through the city and along Havana's emblematic seaside promenade.

It was not until the 10-kilometer sprint that the Portuguese teammates separated from the rest of the competitors.

"It was a difficult race because of the hot weather, but we had trained well and came in strong to win the race. We made a great team effort and it has been very good," Nobre told the press later.

In third place was Canadian John Rasmussen.

Cuba's triathlon is a fairly new circuit, but it has become one of the most competitive in the region.

In this edition's men's elite category, 20 triathletes from 12 countries and regions participated, while in the women's race, nine competitors from six countries participated.

In all, more than 450 athletes from 35 countries and regions participated in the different races that took place over the weekend.

On the first day of the Havana Triathlon on Saturday, Cuba's Michel Gonzalez won the Ibero-American Middle Distance Championship for the second year in a row.

Gonzalez came in first with a time of 4:03:50, well ahead of his closest competitors, Mexican Leonardo Saucedo and Cuban Ramon Alberich (4:38:07).

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Visiting Portuguese President Meets with President Raúl Castro and Revolution Leader Fidel Castro

Cuban President Raúl Castro met Wednesday afternoon in Havana with his Portuguese counterpart, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who concluded a two-day state visit to Cuba on Thursday. The two leaders reviewed the state of bilateral ties, which they both described as 'very positive.'

During the cordial exchange, President Raúl Castro and his Portuguese counterpart agreed to expand cooperation ties in such sectors as the economy, trade and investment.

Prior to his meeting with the Cuban head of state, the Portuguese dignitary was received by Revolution leader Fidel Castro, with whom he discussed the friendship ties that unite the peoples of Cuba and Portugal, as well as various topics on the international agenda.

Rebelo de Sousa commented on Cuba's victory at the UN General Assembly's vote on the U.S. blockade. He reaffirmed Portugal's long standing position in favor of Cuba and against Washington's arbitrary policy, particularly its extraterritorial nature.

Fidel Castro thanked the Portuguese leader for the support the European nation has shown Cuba, in term of the U.S. blockade and in the framework of relations between the Caribbean state and the European Union.

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Fidel Held Friendly Meeting with Portuguese President

Fidel and the Portuguese leader talked about several topics on the international arena and on the relationships of friendship between both nations covering the agenda in the visit of the Portuguese leader to Cuba.

On Wednesday afternoon, Fidel and the Portuguese President, his Excellency Mr. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, held a friendly meeting.

They talked about the different topics on the international arena and on the relationships of friendship between both nations covering the agenda in the visit of the Portuguese leader to Cuba.

Rebelo de Sousa spoke about the voting results at the United Nations against the economic, commercial and financial blockade established by the United States against Cuba, the position of his country that condemns that extraterritorial practice rejected worldwide.

On the other hand Fidel thanked Portugal’s position towards our Homeland, highlighting the strength of our people willing to remember the considerable human and economic damages caused by the blockade, while he reiterated the brutal and inhuman nature of the blockade. A blockade the Cuban people will never accept.

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Agreements signed between Cuba and Portugal

Marcelino Medina, Deputy Foreign Minister of Cuba, will be in Lisbon on Monday and Tuesday to meet with local authorities in order to strengthen bilateral relations. As reported by the Portuguese Foreign Ministry in a statement, Medina’s visit is part of the mechanism of regular political consultations signed by the two countries in April 2014.

They will also exchange views on “urgent and common interest matters on the international agenda, including the resumption of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States," the statement said.

During his stay in Lisbon, Medina will also visit the Parliament and the Camões Institute, according to sources of the Cuban Embassy in Lisbon. He will also meet with Cubans living in the Portuguese capital, with the Portugal -Cuba Friendship Association and the Cuban Medical Brigade, as well as representatives of Portuguese entrepreneurs.

In 2014, exports of Portuguese goods to Cuba amounted to 33.5 million euros , while Cuban sales to Portugal barely exceeded 15.5 million, resulting in a positive balance for the European country.

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