23 Jul 2018

Success earlier in the proceedings in the Men’s Team event, on the morning of Monday 23rd July, Cuba added a second gold to their medal collection at the XXIII Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia.

Meanwhile, Puerto went one step better; they added a third.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Sisters Melanie and Adriana Diaz had proved pivotal to Puerto Rican success in the Women’s Team event; in the Mixed Doubles they had faced each other in the final, Adriana in harness with Bryan Afanador gaining the verdict against Melanie who partnered Daniel Gonzalez.

One day later, the Puerto Ricans were back on the same side of the table and in harmony. The top seeds, they won the Women’s Doubles title beating the host nation’s Paula Medina and Luisa Zuluaga, the no.2 seeds, (9-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-7, 11-6) at the final hurdle, after one round earlier having accounted for surprise semi-finalists, Venezuela’s Gremlis Arvelo and Neridee Niño, the no.14 seeds (5-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-4).

In the opposite half of the draw, in the penultimate round, Paula Medina and Luisa Zuluaga had overcome Cuba’s Lisi Castillo and Isalys Lovat, the no.3 seeds (11-6, 2-11, 11-8, 11-7).

Bronze for Cuba in the Women’s Doubles event, in the Men’s Doubles it was gold. Similar to Adriana and Melanie Diaz, in the Men’s Team competition, Jorge Campos and Andy Pereira had been outstanding as they guided their country to victory.

In the Men’s Doubles it was just the same. The no.2 seeds, after having recorded a semi-final success against Venezuela’s Cecilio Correa and Marcos Navas, the no.12 seeds (11-7, 11-6, 13-11); they secured the title at the final expense of Mexico’s Marcos Madrid and Ricardo Villa, the top seeds (11-6, 11-8, 11-7).

One round earlier, Marcos Madrid and Ricardo Villa had beaten Brian Afanador and Daniel Gonzalez, the no.3 seeds (11-8, 11-6, 11-5) to reserve their place in the final.

Play continues with the Men’s Singles and Women’s Singles events; proceedings conclude on Tuesday 24th July.

2018 Central American & Caribbean Games Adriana Diaz Melanie Diaz Jorge Campos Andy Pereira

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