Santiago de Chile Two medals more for Cuba from the powerlifting crowd at the VII Parapan American Games.
After the surprise of Enmanuel González the previous day, the exhibition of Pablo Ramírez (54 kg) at the Chimkowe gym in Peñalolén was not so surprising.
However, that did not interfere with the success achieved by an unknown fighter to fight for the title against the champion of Lima 2019, the Brazilian Bruno Carra.
Ramírez has in front of him the problem of all or nothing, and he holds the “wolf by more than a hair”: he reached his last attempt in third place with the option of beating anyone second by a kilo, or put a few more and try to “kill “two birds with one stone.” He chose the safe thing.
The test with 161 kg was valid, and he tied the champion, but he was relegated because the South American had achieved it before.
“I dream more; I will not be crowned, but I am still satisfied. Many people are in my mind that have something to do with making this possible: my family, my coaches, and of course the Cuban Revolution that has done so much for us, who are facing these conditions that are not good,” he acknowledged.
Then, Leidy Rodríguez (45 kg) added one more medal, a bronze, far from the remarkable mark of Venezuelan Carla Fuentes, who broke the Parapan American record several times. The Cuban accomplished the task of landing here for a place on the podium.
Those who know that an injury has hampered his performance understand why he says that this bronze medal is like gold.
Of course, he thanked the doctors and did not miss the opportunity to remember those who were important: “This is possible thanks to my family and the Revolution that gave me opportunities when some doors were closed.”