Argentina wins second Pan American Games Gold Medal in a row
LIMA, Peru, August 4, 2019.- Argentina beat Cuba 3-0 (25-20,
25-17, 25-20) on Sunday at the Multisport Complex El Callao to
win their second Pan Am Games Gold medal in a row at the Lima
2019 Pan American Games.
It is the third gold medal for Argentina in Pan American Games
and the second in a row (1995, 2015) sweeping an erratic Cuban
team. For Cuba, this is their fifth silver medal in the history
of the Games (1983, 1987, 2003, 2011). Argentina also beat Cuba
at the preliminary round.
Cuba never stabilized their offense neither their blocking
against Argentina’s remarkable tactics. The two-time champion
recovered from an early four-point deficit (2-6) in set three
when Cuba was working hard to reach their desirable overtime.
Argentina outblocked Cuba by a sizeable 11-5 advantage and held
a 39-32 margin in kills, while committing 17 unforced errors.
Cuba finished with a 3-1 advantage in aces and committed 17
Opposite player German Johansen led Argentina with 14 points on
9 kills, 4 blocks and one ace and Jan Franchi Martinez followed
with 11 points all on kills. Cuba’s top scorer was Miguel Angel
Lopez with 13 points on 11 kills and 2 aces.
Horacio Dileo, Head coach of Argentina: “First I congratulate
Cuba for have reached the finals, they were a worthy opponent
that demanded our fullest up to the last ball. I congratulate my
players and my technical staff for their wonderful job, they
have showed great union in and outside the court, also a great
tactical discipline that in consequence (with humbleness) makes
us the best team of the championship”.
Nicolás Bruno, captain of Argentina: “Immense joy, Argentina has
won the Pan American gold three times. This group deserves it,
they put their hearts into the tournament, they have dedicated a
lot of time, money and sometimes headaches”
Nicolás Vives, Head coach of Cuba: “We could have played better,
no question about it. We weren’t effective in attacks, one of
our strengths and we couldn’t block either. We are happy with
the group; we must continue working to improve in these
Miguel Angel Lopez, top scorer of Cuba: “I believe our lack of
concentration have us a hard time. We should have been focused
like yesterday today against Argentina who is an excellent team;
we weren’t able to do so”.