Cubans Gonzalez/Diaz will defend title against Mexico
BARRANQUILLA. July 31, 2018. Cuba with Sergio González and
Nivaldo Díaz is in the final of the XXIII Central American and
Caribbean Games Barranquilla 2018 where they will face Mexico
with Lombardo Ontiveros/Juan Virgen, at the Puerta de Oro Events
González/Díaz beat 21-13, 21-19 to the Venezuelan couple Carlos
Rangel/José Gómez; now the champions in Veracruz 2014, will face
one of its most complicated rivals, Ontiveros / Virgen.
"The plan went as good, we drew a strategy and it worked for us.
The weather also helped because there was not much heat. We tell
our followers in Cuba that we are going for the gold medal",
Díaz said that "all the teams that reach the final are demanding,
but we are prepared to win that gold medal".
In the other semifinal, the Mexicans Ontiveros/Virgen, who won
bronze in Veracruz 2014, beat 21-19, 21-16 the locals Johan
Murray/Jorge Luis Manjarres, who had the support of their
"We felt very happy, the Colombian team was doing well. It was a
difficult game, it is always difficult to play against the
locals, they demanded a lot, "said Ontiveros.
"The home team is always difficult, we did not know it, we had
not played with them before, they had their people supporting
and they put pressure on. It was important to enter concentrates,
because carelessness and things could go wrong, "added Virgen.
The men's final will be played at 7:00 p.m. at the Puerta de Oro
Events Center in Barranquilla.
Results of tuesday
CUB DOWN 2-0 (21-13, 21-19)
MEX d COL 2-0 (21-19, 21-16)
NCA d GUA 2-1 (21-19, 17-21, 15-13)
CRC d TTO 2-0 (23-21, 21-14)
SKN d CUR 2-0 (21-13, 21-14)
PUR d DOM 2-0 (23-21, 21-15)
Consolation of semifinals
ESA d JAM 2-0 (21-19, 21-12)
BAR d SUR 2-1 (10-21, 22-20, 15-9)
LCA d DMA 2-1 (20-22, 21-16, 15-4)
HON d CAY 2-0 (21-12, 21-18)