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Cuba Continues Strong Showing at Pan Am Games - 2003-08-04


Cuba won all seven Greco-Roman wrestling gold medals Sunday at the Pan American Games, putting it ahead of the United States in the count for gold. Angelo Mota gave host Dominican Republic its first medal -- a silver.

The seven wrestling medals and combined with two others helped Cuba overtake the United States in the number of golds won, but still leaves the Cubans behind in the overall count, 21-15.

Camilo Boris added another gold for Cuba, winning the men's epee in fencing, and Eric Lopez picked up the final gold of the day in the men's gymnastics individual all-around. Earlier Sunday, Venezuela and Mexico won their first gold medals of the games while the United States added two golds to the four it earned on Saturday.

Francis Gorrin took the women's 10 meter air pistol and Mexican duo Iliana Lomeli and Adriana Perez won the bowling doubles competition.

In the men's competition, William Offman and Scott Pohi of the United States won gold while Lance Bade added another, winning the men's trap shooting. Venezuela added a second gold in women's foil. Also Sunday, Vagner scored two goals as Brazil shot to the top of Group B in style in men's soccer, beating Colombia 4-0. Later, Argentina beat Paraguay 1-0.

In women's field hockey, defending world champion Argentina easily beat Trinidad and Tobago 9-0.

In women's basketball, Cuba and Brazil remained unbeaten after two games. Brazil topped Argentina 86-43 and Cuba downed Dominican Republic 82-55. The United States rebounded from an opening loss to Cuba by beating Canada 56-53.

Also, Puerto Rico blanked Peru 3-0 in the opening match of women's volleyball. Puerto Rico won 25-19, 25-21, 25-15.

Cuba got its baseball team off to strong start, beating Panama 5-0.

Off the field, Pan American Sports Organization president Mario Vasquez Rana was hospitalized with pneumonia. Physicians said he was in good condition and should be able to resume work in a few days.

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