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Olympism reap resounding triumphs this weekend

Olimpismo cosecha resonantes triunfos este fin de semana

The glorious moment experienced by Dominican athletes and Olympic teams was accentuated this weekend with the harvest of resounding triumphs that include 19 medals, an individual championship and two individual recognitions.

Taekwondo, athletics, tennis, men’s volleyball and swimming took the lead in the country’s prolific production of international competitions.

The president of the Dominican Olympic Committee, Antonio Acosta, welcomed the performance and the high level exhibited by the athletes on the different international stages.

“Where there is quality, there are results. And it is the work of our federations that makes these sporting achievements possible for our country,” Acosta said.

Taekwondo won four gold medals at the International Open Tournament held in Havana, Cuba. The champion athletes were the Olympic medalist Luisito Pie (-63 kilograms), Bernardo Pie (-68), Moisés Hernández (-80) and Katherine Hernández (+73). The contest distributed points for qualifying for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

In athletics, the double Olympic medalist, Marileidy Paulino, won gold in the women’s 400 meter dash in Rabat, Morocco, the fourth stop in the Diamond League, with a time of 51.10. The banileja has won the two races in which she has participated.

Also Olympic medalist Alexander Ogando was crowned champion of the Janusz Kusocinski Memorial (Poland), in the 400 meter dash, with a time of 44.68. Luguelín Santos was left with the third step of the same test by covering the distance in 45.27 seconds.

The Dominican athletics work was completed with two gold medals at the Jaén Paraíso Interior Meeting, in Andújar (Spain), where Marysabel Senyú conquered the high jump with 1.88 meters, and Juander Santos dominated the 400 meter hurdles.

On their side, the Dominican swimming team won six medals at the 2022 Pan American Championships, held in Trinidad and Tobago over the weekend.

With the result, the Dominican Republic finished in ninth position in the continental competition. Josué Domínguez led the national delegation by obtaining two gold medals, while Elizabeth Jiménez added two silver medals, and Dénzel González obtained two bronze medals.

In Great Britain, Slovenia, Paralympic swimmer Alejandra Aybar won three medals three medals in the seventh Competition for people with disabilities. Aybar came in second place in the 50-meter freestyle S8 events, with 39.49 seconds, as well as in the 50-meter butterfly S8, with a time of 43.80, and third place in the 50-meter breaststroke SB6 with 55.45 seconds.

The men’s national volleyball team reached the silver medal in the Norceca Challenger Final Four, which concluded on Sunday at the Sala 19 de Noviembre in Pinar del Río, Cuba.

Wilfrido Hernández (second best attacker) and Henry Antonio López (best service), were part of the All-Star team of the tournament.

In tennis, the first national racket Nick Hardt conquered the M25 of La Nucia, Spain, by beating Frenchman Laurent Lokoli 6-0 and 6-4 in the final.

It was a weekend of great achievements in three continents and six different nations for the Dominican Olympics.

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