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The outstanding performance of the Cuban athletes in London 2012 will grant that event a special meaning among the Cuban participations in Olympic Games. Fourteen gold medals were obtained altogether – five in the conventional Games and nine in the Paralympics version – placing Cuba at the same level among participating nations, in the 16th and 15th positions, respectively.
Cuba ranked eleventh in the recently concluded 40th edition of the Istanbul 2012World Chess Olympiad, and led all Latin American nations in, although according to some experts the performance could have been better. The Caribbean team played better than all the other competitors from this area, and won seven matches, drew one and lost three, to finish with a balance of 15 points out of 22 possible.
History was repeated once more. The sadness emerged again to the surface of the Cuban soccer. There is no turning back, the national team said goodbye this last Friday to its chance of qualifying for the Brazil 2014World Cup, after losing 0-3 against Honduras in the Pedro Marrero Stadium in Havana. Cuba suffered its third loss in this knockout stage even a single draw, much less a victory, with zero goals for and five against, a performance quite distant from the real possibilities of the national team.
It seems that some of the questions that were clouding the 52 Baseball National Series are starting to clear. It became known that the stellar third baseman Yulieski Gourriel will continue his career in his hometown, Sancti Spiritus. Finally, after many street debates, Gourriel will remain being a key player for the aspirations of the “Roosters” to get a national title and it will as be always backed by stars like Frederich Cepeda, Eriel Sanchez and pitcher Ismel Jiménez.
The two best third base in Cuban baseball today are producing information these days. Michel Enríquez, from Pinar del Río, has already trained for the 52 National Series, while Yulieski Gourriel might leave the Gallos behind to join the pride of Lions. A few days ago we heard the good news from our colleague Yuliet Pérez in the Isle of Yough that Super 12 – as he is called there – is already training for the upcoming championship at the Cristóbal Labra stadium.
Cuba will face the fortieth edition of the 2012 Istanbul World Chess Olympiad with its elite team that include two players whose ELO is over 2700 for the first time in its participation in these events. Grand Masters Leinier Dominguez and Lazaro Bruzón lead the Cuban squad to the tournament in Turkey, backed by their 2725 and 2711coefficients, respectively, which places them in the 23 and 36 places of the world ranking.
The historical antagonism between Cuba and the United States, exceedingly intensified in the political sphere for more than five decades, will cease for several seconds when the once spectacular Cuban short stop Tony González throws the first ball at a Major League baseball game between the Boston Red Socks and the Kansas City Royals. The time machine will stop at 18:45 next August 25 to privilege the unwonted event, which will take place at Boston’s mythical Fenway Park, in the Massachusetts capital.
Some 29 years ago a demigod was born in Cuba: Mijain Lopez. Of these half human, half immortal children of Zeus, who wander the earth with superlative powers and dedicate their lives to delight the crowd with extraordinary genius. On Monday August 6, 2012, The great Caribbean Achilles weighing 120 kilograms delighted millions of Cubans with his gold medal at the London 2012Olympics, despite being surrounded by mysticism and scepticism, but which removed any doubt about who the best Greco-Roman wrestler of the world, pound for pound, is nowadays.
Cuba's performance in the recently concluded Olympic Games in London-2012 has a host of readings. Most fans will idolize a long time the five gold medals we won, the most opportunistic will only recall that the task was to surpass the harvest from four years ago in Beijing, and most critics will see the sixteenth place reached by Cuba as a Pyrrhic victory.
Winning is the goal inherent to competing, or at least that is the modernist optics of sports. However, for the great majority of mortals, conquering a gold medal is a chimera. That was the case of Cuban Hanser García, a swimmer who arrived at the 2012 London Olympic Games as pure decoration and dazzled the world when, against all forecasts, he reached the 100m freestyle grand final.