Cuba qualifies for 127 spots in China Olmpics
Posted: 31 March 2008 03:59 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Cuba now has 127 athletes qualified for the Olympic Games slated for August 8 to 24 in China’s capital Beijing, following cyclist Yoanka Gonzalez’s Saturday qualification, the Sunday edition of Cuba’s Juventud Rebelde newspaper said.

Gonzalez won the berth during Manchester’s cycling World Cup against the wind and against the odds, as many critics had said she was not on top form.

Another Cuban, Lisandra Guerra, had also won an Olympic ticket thanks to a seventh place in the Cup’s speed trials. The Cuban Olympic Committee is targeting a total of 150 Olympic places.

The following 15 sports have already earned their Olympic tickets: athletics with 34 athletes, baseball with 24 sportsmen, women’s volleyball with 12 competitors, wrestling with 10, rowing with nine, boxing with nine, weightlifting with six, diving with five, judo with five, cycling with five, sports shooting with three, taekwondo with three, canoeing with two and one each for archery and pentathlon.

Cuban competitors still have a chance to win more places in the following events: women’s basketball, table tennis, boxing, judo and fencing.

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