Weightlifter Ludia Montero makes history in Tokyo

Weightlifter Ludia Montero makes history in Tokyo
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24 July 2021
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The Cuban weightlifter Ludia Montero made history in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The native of Río Cauto in Granma ended in sixth place in the division of 49 kilograms (kg) after completing 178 kg in the total.

The 22-year-old, debutant in Olympic events, equaled her best mark in snatch after lifting 82 kg and then completed 96 kg in the clean and jerk, to lead the actions in group B, which included the athletes with the most discreet results of its category.

By calculating the results with those of section A, the silver medalist in the 2018 Pattaya world championship managed to beat three of the highest options in total and finally take sixth place.

This was the best result of a Cuban weightlifter in the Olympic Games, leaving behind the eighth place achieved by the Havana woman Marina Rodríguez in the 2016 edition of Rio de Janeiro.

Ludia finished only three kilos behind the occupant of the fourth seat, so if she had been able to handle the 100 kg in the clean and jerk, she would have stayed at the gates of the podium.

Another Cuban who starred in a good performance was the Cuban T-shirt Milena Venegas, who advanced to the quarterfinals in single sculls at two thousand meters.

Cuban T-shirt Milena Venegas, who advanced to the quarterfinals in single sculls at two thousand meters. (Taken from ACN).

After finishing fourth on the previous day, this Friday night, time for Cuba, the 24-year-old from Spiritus finished first in her repechage heat and with this she got the ticket to the next instance.

The double bronze medalist at the Lima Pan American Games this time set a time of 8:17:30 this time, more discreet than the 8:03:00 achieved the previous day, but enough to stay alive in this event.

This Sunday the Antillean will return to the Sea Forest channel, located in Tokyo Bay, to try the feat of advancing to the semifinals phase, a purpose that seems extremely difficult, since only the first three will advance to the semifinals A / B, while the last three will do so at C / D.

Finally, Eglys de la Cruz she was unable to advance to the final of eight of the 10-meter air rifle, women’s branch, by finishing 37th out of 50 female shooters who participated in the qualifying stage.


Eglys de la Cruz, was in 37th place among 50 shooters who participated in the qualifying stage and could not advance to the final of eight of the 10-meter air rifle, female branch. (Taken from ACN)

 

Engaged in her fifth Olympic event, the bronze medalist in Beijing 2008 in the 3×20 specialty of the 50-meter rifle, this time achieved series of 104.5, 102.4, 103.2, 103.6, 103.8 and 103.0 units for a total of 620.5.

The day was marked by the Olympic record of the Norwegian Jeanette Hegg Duesta with 632.9 in the qualifying stage, but in the final she could not repeat the feat and was left out of the medals.

Already in the dispute of the medals, the Chinese Qian Yang took the crown after totaling 251.8 (two series), which also meant a new Olympic record.

Also at the Asaka Shooting Range, gunman Jorge Grau finished 19th in the 10-meter air pistol knockout round.

Grau achieved series of 93, 100, 94, 98, 96 and 93 units, for a total of 574. At the end of the fourth round, the Cuban was included among the eight that advance to the final, but after the last two he had to settle with the seat, 19.

This Saturday the actions for Cuba in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will continue.

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