Cuban Women Cyclists Sierra and Praderas will run Tuscany Tour

Cuban cyclists Arlenis Sierra and Heidy Praderas will cheer up the Giro de la Toscana, in Italy, today confirmed the club of the Antilles, the Astana Women´s Team.

Sierra, captain of the squad, will so return to compete in Europe with the ambition to add to the eight victories achieved in the current season, said the Kazakh team.

Last year, the Caribbeans won second and third places in the stages of the Italian test and fourth place in the general classification.

Sierra rose to the ninth position of the world road ranking, with a thousand 91 points, after ascending two seats in the update of the list and continues to lead by America.

She added 150 units to the ranking of the International Cycling Union, winning the route of the 18th Pan American Games in Lima, on August 10.

For the 2019 edition of the Tour of Tuscany, Colombian Liliana Moreno, the Ukrainian Olga Shekel and the Kazakhs Faina Potapova and Svetlana Pachshenko will accompany Sierra and Praderas.

Version 24 of the Italian competition, a historic race, will be the beginning of the last part of the world season and will have the trajectories of recent years, although it will have an important change in the final stage.

In the second and final phase, the riders will depart from the Lucca elevations, ascend the Valgiano mountain and arrive at Pescia after 111 kilometers, to climb the final circuit three times from Uzzano.

The World Road Cycling Championship will be held from September 22 to 28 in the United Kingdom, where the last day 28 elite cyclists will dispute the individual route.

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Three other Cuban Volleyball players will play in Argentina

Three young Cuban Volleyball players, Julio Cesar Cardenas, Jose Carlos Romero and Javier Concepcion will play next season for the Argentinian team Obras de San Juan, and now the number of  Cuban Volleyball players signed by foreign clubs grows to 15.

``In the latest few hours, the Cuban Volleyball Federation confirmed the signing of three players that will reinforce the roster of the team (Obras de San Juan): Julio Cesar Cardenas, Jose Carlos Romero and Javier Concepcion´´. Published the specialized  website volleyplus.

In total, 15 Cuban players will play in foreign leagues this season, 10 men (8 in Argentina, 1 in Italy and 1 in France) and 5 women (2 in Russia and 3 in Peru).

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Triathletes set to test Tokyo 2020 conditions at ITU World Olympic qualifier

Triathletes will have the opportunity to inspect the conditions they could face at Tokyo 2020 during the World Olympic qualifier this week, which doubles as a test event for next year's Games.

Water quality at Odaiba Park is set to be the main challenge for the athletes who are due to compete over the four days.

Some competitors criticised the quality of the water during the marathon swimming test event at the same venue earlier this week.

The International Swimming Federation (FINA) and the International Triathlon Union (ITU) voiced similar concerns in 2017 after a survey revealed it was not good enough to meet their required standards.

Fears have been allayed since following the publication of improved results last year, while FINA Medical Committee member David Gerrard claimed during the open water swimming test event that "daily readings had given us a clear indication of good water quality".

But Tokyo 2020 will still be keeping a close eye on the standard of the water during the ITU World Olympic qualification event.

The ITU has also implemented a series of measures for the competition, which begins with the women's race tomorrow, to help protect athletes from the expected high heat and humidity.

Water quality is set to be one of the main challenges for triathletes on the swimming leg of the Tokyo 2020 qualifier ©Getty Images
Water quality is set to be one of the main challenges for triathletes on the swimming leg of the Tokyo 2020 qualifier ©Getty Images

The start times of the races have been brought forward, while athletes will benefit from air-conditioned areas before and after the competition.

Extra water stations will be installed at the venue and competitors will be allowed to wear cooling vests until their official introduction.

With Tokyo 2020 qualification up for grabs, this week's event, which concludes with the mixed relay on Sunday (August 18), has attracted a strong field.

In the women's race, world champion and Olympic bronze medallist Vicky Holland of Britain will go up against American Katie Zaferes, who leads the World Triathlon Series standings with four victories so far this season.

Bermuda’s Flora Duffy, a two-time world champion, is set to make her return to competition following a long injury lay-off.

Australian Jacob Birtwhistle arrives in the Japanese capital as the favourite in the men's race on Friday (August 16).

South Africans Henri Schoeman and Richard Murray will also be in the field alongside Britain’s double Olympic medallist Jonny Brownlee.

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Idalys Ortiz proclaims three-time Pan American champion

The Cuban Idalys Ortiz met the forecasts and won the Pan American crown for the third consecutive time in the +78 kilograms, now in Lima 2019, to be ratified as one of the best judocas in the entire planet.

The three-time Olympic medalist, including a gold in London 2012, solved his final fight easily by ippon against the Puerto Rican Melissa Mujica.

Ortiz, also a world multi-champion, added title 32 for the Cuban delegation in Lima, which will close its competitive action with the gold lawsuit in the 100 kilograms (m) of its representative Andy Granda against the Venezuelan Pedro Pineda.

The Brazilian Beatriz Souza and the Peruvian Yuliana Bolívar remained with the bronze medals in this division, after defeating the Nicaraguan Izayana Marenco and the American Nina Cutro-Kelly, respectively.


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Brazil Crowned After Defeating Peru in Copa America Final

The match was highly anticipated as the Brazilian national team had strolled through the first stages scoring 13 goals and finally only receiving one against by Peru in the final.

Brazil won in home soil after 12 years of not lifting the Copa America trophy by beating Peru 3-1 in the final on Sunday at the legendary Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

The match was highly anticipated as the Brazilian national team had strolled through the first stages scoring 13 goals and finally only receiving one against by Peru in the final. While Peru, who had a rocky start, showed a high level of playing in the later stages to reach the final hoping to spoil Brazil.

Yet since the group stage, Brazil positioned themselves s the clear favorite, as they won two games against Bolivia and Peru and drew with Venezuela. The quarterfinals had them face Paraguay, defeating them in a penalty shoot-out.

The semifinal was a South American classic against their football rivals Argentina. The controversial game had the Brazilians winning a ticket to the final.

The final game began with a strong Peru defense as the Brazilian team had few spaces in the first quarter of an hour of the match. However, at minute 15, with a precision pass from Gabriel Jesus, the striker Everton marked the first goal of the game.

Peru’s top player Paolo Guerrero leveled the match with a penalty in the 44-minute as the first half was finishing. Nevertheless,  due to an error by the Peruvian side, Gabriel Jesus scored the second goal in additional time prior to half-time.

The second-half saw a charging Peruvian side that came very close to leveling the game, especially when the man of the match, Gabriel Jesus was sent off. Yet it wasn’t enough and in the final minutes of the game, as desperation set in, the Peruvian defense conceded a penalty, which Richarlison's clinched to secure the game.

This way the XLVI edition of the oldest international continental football competition has come to an end. The competition was not spared of controversy, as internationally renowned Lionel Messi accused the South American Confederation of Football (Conmebol) of corruption and using the video assistant referee (VAR) system of favor the host nation.

According to conservative Brazilian magazine Veja, far-right president Jair Bolsonaro, who presented the trophy and medals to the players, was booed at the end of the match by the public attending.

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Cuban long jumper Echavarria wins in the Laussane Diamond League

Cuban long jumper Juan Miguel Echevarría took first place with an 8.32 m record in the eighth stop of the Laussane Diamond League, in Switzerland, where Cuban Liadagmis Povea was third in the triple jump with the best result of her life.

Echevarría, 20, achieved the result in the third attempt with +0.5 meters per second of downwind wind, in a test marked by the discreet marks of most of the participants.

The second place corresponded to the Greek European champion Miltiadis Tentoglou (8,19 m.), while the world title holder of London-2017, the South African Luvo Manyonga, barely managed to stretch up to 8,13 m., the same result of Jamaican Tajay Gayle.

The expected duel between Echevarría and Manyonga was below expectations again, as last year both jumpers had skirmishes of more than 8.40m and finished the calendar with records of more than 8.60 each.

The one in Lausanne was the second diamond stop won by the Cuban athlete, after he won last June 16th in Rabat, Morocco, with a jump only two centimeters above than the one he made Friday.

Although he is still below his expected potential, Echevarría has managed to win five of the six contests in which he has participated in 2019.

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Diaz-Canel Flags Cuban Delegation to Pan-Am Games in Lima

President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Saturday flagged the Cuban delegation that will participate in the 18th Pan-American Games in Lima, Peru.

According to a post from the Presidency of the Republic on Twitter, the wrestler Mijain Lopez, three times Olympic and five times world champion, who was escorted by the pole vaulter Yarisley Silva and the badminton player Osleni Guerrero, received the flag from the Cuban head of State.

The ceremony was held at the Jose Marti Memorial in this capital, where the Olympic judo champion Idalys Ortiz read the Cuban athletes' commitment.

At the ceremony, the president of the Cuban National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (INDER), Osvaldo Vento, called on the delegation to turn the regional sports event into a victory of dignity.

The 18th Pan-American Games will take place from July 26 to August 11 in Lima, with participation of athletes from 41 countries of the Americas who will compete in 39 sports.

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Local stars De Arriba and Mechaal get the cheers in Huelva

The 14the edition of the Meeting Iberoamericano in the southern Spanish city of Huelva, a European Atheltics Classic Permit Meeting, saw two outstanding world lead8ng performances in the field events from Venezuelan triple jumper Yulimar Rojas and Cuban discus thrower Denia Caballero but also good wins by local middle distance stars Alvaro de Arriba and Adel Mechaal.

Rojas, who is based in Spain and competes for the FC Barcelona club, leapt out to a personal best of 15.06m in the second round, the 2017world champion producing a personal best and the first jump by a woman over 15 metres in the world since 2016.

Spain’s reigning European indoor champion Ana Peleteiro had her first outdoor competition of the year and had a solid result of 14.33m to finish third to start her summer campaign.

Caballero uncorked a massive 69.20m in the second round to win by almost two metres from her compatriot Yaime Perez.

Arguably the biggest cheers of the night were reserved for another of Spain’s European indoor champions from Glasgow as de Arriba took the plaudits in the 800m to win in 1:46.28, coming home ahead of Poland's Mateusz Borkowski who was second 1:46.52.

The gun went for the 1500m barely 20 minutes after de Arriba had crossed the line and saw Adel Mechaal won the 1500m for the third time in Huelva, this time clocking 3:38.69 finishing ahead of Spanish 800m record holder Kevin Lopez, who was second in in 3:39.09.

The field events also generated European successes with Germany's 2015 European U23 bronze medallist Sara Gambetta winning the shot put with 18.40m, just six centimetres short of her personal best, while Greece's Mihail Anastasakis, a finalist at the last two European Athletics Championships and fourth in 2016, won the hammer with 74.44m.

In addition to Caballero, there were also notable wins for her Cuban compatriots Roxana Gomez in the 400m in 52.37 and for Zurian Hechavarria who won the 400m hurdles in 55.40 with Russia’s Vera Rudakova second in 55.82.

In third place was the emerging Spanish 17-year-old talent Salma Celeste Paralluelo, who ran 57.43 for not only a Spanish U18 best but also an U18 world-leading time.

She ran the 400m at the Glasgow 2019 European Athletics Indoor Championships but in only her third 400m hurdles race Paralluelo has propelled herself into medal consideration for the Boras 2019 European Athletics U20 Championships in a month’s time.

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