Yesterday, on November 30, the Junior Pan American Games, which were held in Colombia, Cali Valle, ended for our athletes of the FINA Development Center.
Our team of FINA Development Center scholarship holders were represented by two athletes from Cuba: Lorena de los Angeles Gonzalez Mendoza (swimming), Carlos Daniel Ramos Rodriguez (diving) and one athlete from Venezuela: Jesus Eduardo Gonzalez Reyes (diving).
The main task for our athletes was to qualify for the 19th FINA World Aquatics Championships, which will be held in Fukuoka, Japan, from May 13 to 29, 2022.
Certainly, it should be noted that the first day of the Junior Pan American Games began with the sensational victory of the Cuban diving team, which included Carlos Daniel Ramos Rodriguez. Moreover, this is the first gold in the history of Cuba.
Lorena de Los Angeles Gonzalez Mendoza (swimming) from Cuba and Jesus Eduardo Gonzalez Reyes (diving) from Venezuela took part in the second competition day.
Lorena swam the 4x100m Women's freestyle relay, where she and her team took 6th place, with a result of 03:58.76; Jesus took 8th place in the discipline: springboard, 3m, scoring 317.45 points.
The third day was difficult for our athlete from Cuba, Lorena de Los Angeles Gonzalez Mendoza, because she swam 3 distances, which in themselves are very difficult in swimming, and this: 200m freestyle, 100m butterfly, 4x100m Mixed freestyle relay.
Unfortunately, in her 200m freestyle preliminaries, Lorena took sixth place, with a result of 02:10.33, which did not allow her to qualify for the final. Then, at the 100m butterfly distance, she showed the seventh time - 01:06.77, where she also failed to make it to the final. After two hard distances, Lorena, and her team in the 4x100m Mixed freestyle relay took 8th place with a result of 03:44.89.
In the fourth day of the competition, all attention was focused on Carlos Rodriguez (Cuba) and Jesus Reyes (Venezuela). Athletes competed in the discipline: platform, 10 m, where Carlos Rodriguez took 5th place, scoring 359.05 points, and Jesus Reyes took 9th place, scoring 311.6 points. This is where the diving competition came to an end.
On the fifth day, Lorena de Los Angeles Gonzalez Mendoza (Cuba) swam only the 4x200m Women's freestyle relay, where they took 6th place, swimming in 08:40.28.
The sixth day was the final for Lorena, where she also took part in the 4x100m Women's medley relay. The girls swam in 04:24.21 and took 7th place.
The FINA Development Center is proud of you and congratulates you on the great results!!!