Eight Latin American boxers qualified to quarterfinals yesterday at the World Boxing Championship Doha, Qatar.
Five Cubans, a Puerto Rican, an Argentinian and an Ecuadoran won their bouts on Thursday and have the opportunity to secure the bronze medal on Saturday in quarterfinal fights.
Cuban boxers are Yohanis Argilagos (49 kg), Andi Cruz (56), Yasniel Toledo (64), Arlen López (75) and Erislandy Savón (91).
Cruz, in his debut in world championships, was not intimidated by European Champion Bakhtovar Nazirov from Russsia and completed the group of five winners with his victory by close 2-1 decision.
Puerto Rico celebrated the victory of Danielito Zorrilla in 64kg as Argentina will count on heavyweight Yamil Peralta and Ecuador on Mario Delgado 75kg for the next round.
On Friday, Cuba achieved a great result after adding three victories and a defeat. Friday's winners are Yosvany Veitía (52 kg), Lázaro Alvarez (60) and Roniel Iglesias (69). Leinier Peró (+91) was defeated.
Baseball After 30 games of the Cuban Baseball Series, Las Tunas' catcher Yosvani Alarcón is one of the season's leading athletes for his solid offensive performance so far. Alarcón is leading the main batters of the tournament with the high offensive average of 416, followed by Industriales Stayler Hernández 403, and Artemisa's Yohandry Urgellés with 386. Alarcon has become a strong candidate for the national team to participate in the Premier 12 tournament. He is among the top home run and drive in batters. Yosvany Alarcón has batted seven homers, only overcame by Pinar del Río revelation Yasser Julio González with nine. Yasser Julio is also leader, along with Yoelvis Fiss from Ciego de Ávila, both with 31 drove in runs as Alarcón has the mark of 29. Stayler Hernández is also among the best players of the season leading the hits with 48, doubles 13 and a total of 71 won bases. At the same time, Matanzas Yurisbel Gracial is the leader of stolen bases with 11 in 13 attempts and Camagüey Yosbel Pérez leads the triple bench with four. The first round starts on Friday the last third with games between Artemisa-Guantánamo, Industriales-Granma, Isla de la Juventud-Cienfuegos, Villa Clara-Matanzas, Ciego de Ávila-Mayabeque, Camagüey-Santiago de Cuba, Las Tunas-Pinar del Río and Holguín- Sancti Spíritus.
Seven men and three women athletes comprise the Cuban pre-selection team training to compete in the World Weightlifting Championship taking place on November 21 to 28 in Houston, Texas, USA. Once more Yoelmis Hernández (85kg) is leading the delegation which will try in Houston to win as much points as possible to qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro 2016. Yoelmis, world multimedal winner, is assuming the leadership of a preparation that includes Adriel La O (77 kg), Yordanis Espinoza (77 kg) Alejandro Cisneros (105), Yadier Núñez (85), Víctor Quiñones (94), and Asnier Rodríguez (105). Women weightlifters are Marina Rodríguez (63), Niolis Rodríguez (53) and Sahily Valdespino (58) who are trying to participate in the event of more than 800 athletes from 68 countries.
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