Women's Mountain Biking: Exciting victory for Colombia and Mexico.

Rincon, Puerto Rico (July 29, 2010) - Eleven runners from seven countries competed for gold at the mountain bike event held today at Rincón, the capital of mountain biking, triathlon and surfing.

Angela Parra, from Colombia, won the gold medal and also established a new record time of 1:46.58 on the 30.4 km (18.8 miles) route. The best time per lap for Parra was 26:16. The 1:49:3 women's record prevailed for this route.

The Central American biking winner described the race as "a difficult test, especially at the end when you find a steep hill. It’s a very technical track that requires good energy management from an athlete." said Parra, who found it impossible to practice in the circuit yesterday because of the rain that saturated the ground.

The silver medal was won by Laura Morfin, from Mexico, with a time of 1:48.01. Morfin was familiar with the route, having participated in it in March in another mountain bike event. "It's a route that I enjoy, and I love racing in the Island", described the Mexican athlete who is very dear to the people of Rincón.

 Viviana Maya, from Colombia, completed the podium with the bronze medal with a time of 1:49.04, crossing the line coming only two minutes 6 seconds behind her fellow Colombian.

"I am surprised at the number of mountain biking enthusiasts in this crowd, it’s a wonderful thing to have in the island. The level and number of runners is also impressive," said Maya, whose assessment of the route was that the journey was "very tough, with demanding heat and length.”

Puerto Rico was represented by runners Josette Velazquez and Sarah Hernandez. Velazquez crossed the finish line at 2:03.23, coming in sixth position, while Hernandez withdrew from the race after completing the second lap of the four lapped circuit  at 1:06.02.

Amelia Blanco, from Dominican Republic and Telma Quan, from Guatemala, also finished the race.
In men, a gold and bronze medal for Mexico, and Colombia takes silver.

The fight was intense for the pointer near the finish line of the men's mountain biking race, 45.4 km (28.2 miles) in length. In the end, Ignacio Torres, from Mexico, won with a time of 2:17.29, followed by Luis Mejia, from Colombia, with a time of 2:18.00. Rafael Escarcega from Mexico crossed the line with a time of 2:24.41, to take third place.

The outcome of the event was a great surprise for everyone, Mexico, Colombia, and Costa Rica, dominated most of the time during the race.

Eudaldo Asencio, from Puerto Rico, landed in eighth place with a time of 2:33.36, while her teammate, Kelvin Gonzalez, withdrew from the race without completing the test. Asencio gave her rivals a battle to the very end, and was able to overcome the loss of time in the race, after having a flat on lap number six, at the field circuit.

Four other runners -from Guatemala, Dominican Republic, and two from El Salvador, also withdrew from the race.

The mountain bike event in the men’s category had seven countries competing: Puerto Rico, Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and El Salvador.

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Track and Field: Jamaica, the Leader in the Decathlon.

Mayagüez, Puerto Rico (July 29, 2010) – After finishing the first three events of the men’s decathlon (100 meters, long-distance jump and shot put) this morning, the Jamaican Maurice Smith is the leader of the competition with a total of 2,628 points accumulated.  In second and third place are the Puerto Ricans Marcos Sánchez (2,370) and Steven Marrero (2,287).  Jhonatan Davis of Venezuela (2,242), Kurt Félix of Grenada (2,239), the Mexican Jorge Rivera (2,065), and the Dominican Leandro López (2,023) are the participants of this event.

The decathlon will continue this afternoon starting at 5:30 PM with the events of high jump and then the event of 400 meters at 8:00 PM.

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Rowing: Golden victory for Mexico

Ponce, Puerto Rico (July 28, 2010) – The Mexican team won today, Wednesday, five gold medals in all the rowing events of both categories, tournament that is disputed in the Cerrillos Reservoir in Ponce, as part of the XXI Central American and Caribbean Sports Games Mayagüez 2010.

In the women’s open event W4x, the gold medal went to Mexicans Fabiola Núñez, Gabriela Huertas, Lila Pérez and Analicia Ramírez.  In the men’s open event, the Mexicans Patrick Loliger, Jaime Cuevas and Leopoldo Tejada achieved first place.  Likewise, in men’s lightweight Gerardo Sánchez, Alan Armenta, Omar Tejada, Edgar Valenzuela, Omar López and Juan Jiménez conquered the gold medal.

Similarly, Guatemala won two silver medals in the men’s event of lightweight LM2x and lightweight LM4x.  Also, they added three bronze medals in the open event of W4x with Ana Velázquez, Jennieffer Zuñiga, María Samayoa and Claudia Figueroa.  The second bronze medal went to Hermán García in men’s open M1x and M2x with Marvin Pineda and Rafael Ortega.

On their behalf, Venezuela won two silver medals and one bronze medal in the open categories of M1x, M2x and men’s LM2, respectively.  José Guipe took silver, and César Fernández and José Guipe as well.

Other winners in rowing were El Salvador, with a silver medal and one of bronze.  The silver in open’s W4x went to Olinda Huezo, Carolina Figueroa, Lisseth Huezo and Dora Escobar.  While, the bronze medal went to Francisco Chacón and Juan Álvarez in men’s LM2x.

Puerto Rico was left with the fourth place in W4x event.

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Men’s Volleyball: Venezuela to the Finals after defeating Mexico

Mayagüez, Puerto Rico (July 28, 2010) – The Venezuelan team defeated Mexico in three consecutive sets in order to have the opportunity to win the gold medal in men’s volleyball of the XXI Central American and Caribbean Sports Games Mayagüez 2010.

The sets of the encounter were 25-21, 25-21 and 25-16.

With this defeat, Mexico will play for the bronze medal against the loser of the game of Puerto Rico vs. Dominican Republic.

The best scorers for Venezuela were Iván Márquez with 14 points, Ernardo Gómez and Máximo Montoya with 13 points each.

For Mexico, the best was Jose Martell with 8 points.

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Games: Effective Road Plan for Mayagüez 2010.

Mayagüez, Puerto Rico (July 28, 2010) – The President of the Organization Committee of the Mayagüez 2010 Games, Felipe Pérez Grajales, highlighted the work of the Department of Transportation and Public Works and the Traffic Division of the Police of Puerto Rico, for the effective road management during the visit of thousands of tourists in the occidental region that where present at the sporting events.

“A year ago, the Games greatest enigma, was managing the transportation.  Today, four days away from the Games' end, we have seen how the plan was applied effectively”, said Pérez Grajales.

Along with Pérez Grajales, Gerardo Lagunes Gallina, the General Director of the Veracruz 2014 Games, the Puerto Rican Lissette Lugo Colón, Director of Traffic Engineering and Highway Operations of Puerto Rico was present in the press conference.

 Pérez Grajales highlighted the necessity of a public transportation system and a group effort with Traffic Division in order to shorten the travel time of vehicles.

“We should have alternative parking arraignments, and a good public transportation system.  While we have communication with the intersections, we can manage traffic effectively”, said the engineer Lugo Colón.

Pérez Grajales also said that the investment of 1.7 million dollars by Mayagüez 2010, in equipment and 17 security cameras in the stretch of the PR-2 Highway, from Mayagüez Mall to Western Plaza, is here to stay in order to improve the effective road plan of the region, beneficial to the population.

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Panama in Fifth Place after Defeating Trinidad and Tobago

Mayagüez (07/2810) – The team of Panama defeated Trinidad and Tobago in five exciting sets of 19-25, 25-21, 25-18, 22-25 and 15-12.

With this victory, the Panamanian team positions itself in fifth place in the tournament, while the Trinidadians distance themselves in the sixth position.

The best scorers for Panama were Domingo Avilan (17), Otto Penso (15) and Edward Diaz (14). 

For Trinidad and Tobago, the best players were Nolan Tash (26), Marc-Anthony Honore (19), Sean Morrison (11) and Christian Francois (11).

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