Cuban archery and diving add Olympic quotas

Cuban archery and diving add Olympic quotas
Cuban archery and diving add Olympic quotas

Havana, June 17 (ACN) Archery and diving added places for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, through Hugo Franco and Prisis Leydis Ruiz, who became Cuban numbers 44 and 45 with secure places in the delegation that will attend the Parisian multi-sport event.

The digital edition of the sports publication JIT reported today that the High Performance Directorate of the National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (Inder), offered the information after both successfully concluded the qualifying processes designed for their respective sports.

Franco earned his ticket to the 2024 Archery Olympic Qualification Final Tournament, held in the Turkish city of Antalya as the last opportunity to get individual and team tickets.

The man from Pinar del Río took over the place since he advanced to the semifinal round of the recurve bow category, achieved with the 7-3 victory over the Iranian Faez Mohammadizardkhaneh.

Already with the space reserved for the joust under the five rings, he lost 1-7 to Sagor Islam Md, from Bangladesh, but then defeated the Vietnamese Phong Le Quoc 6-2 in the duel for the bronze medal.

Franco, winner of three bronze medals at the Central American and Caribbean Games in San Salvador 2023, had previously sought qualification for the French capital event in the continental competition held last April in the Colombian city of Medellín.

With his most recent performance, the captain of the men’s team becomes the eighth Cuban to compete in an Olympic event, since the first with that privilege were Juan Carlos Stevens, Ismely Arias, Yaremis Pérez and Edisbel Martínez, who participated in the Sydney 2000 edition.

Four years later, in Athens, Maydenia Sarduy performed, Stevens repeated his experience in Beijing 2008 – with fifth place recorded as the best historical result – and London 2012, and Adrián Puentes launched the last arrows in Rio de Janeiro 2016, highlighted JIT

The good news for Prisis came from the Wold Aquatics offices once the granting of places in the individual three-meter springboard test was concluded and made official.

She, a native of the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba, was waiting for the official status due to her good position in the world ranking, after finishing in 16th place in the world aquatic sports championship organized in Doha, Qatar, in February.

“The officialization was received through the Cuban Olympic Committee and we are waiting for something similar to happen with Anisley García, when the process closes on the platform,” explained Milagros González, national sports commissioner.

Winner of the three-meter springboard at the Central American and Caribbean Games in San Salvador 2023, Prisis will now enjoy her first Olympic experience and will mark the return of the Cuban women to that event.

In this modality, the last incursion dates back 24 years ago, when Joana Cruz was one of the candidates for the title corresponding to Sydney 2000. Eight years later, in Beijing, the previous participation of a diver from Cuba with Annia Rivera in the platform test.

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