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Cuban Weightlifters Travel to Chicago

A team of 10 Cuban weightlifters travelled to the US city of Chicago to participate in the Pan American and Iberoamerican Championship..

The team of the Caribbean nation is comprised of eight men and two women and it is led by world multi-medallist and world champion in the clean and jerk event Sergio Alvarez (62 kg) as well as Olympians Lazaro Maykel Ruiz (62 kg) and Ivan Cambar (77 kg).

The men squad is completed by Bredny Roque (69 kg), Elio Osdani Guerra (85 kg), Javier Vanegas (94 kg), Lazaro Lopez (105 kg) and Sertanis Teran (+ 105 kg).

Meanwhile, the women team is made up of Tamara Hernandez (75 kg) and Indira Salinas (+75 kg).

A few hours before the departure, Rafael Pacho, national commissioner of the sport, announced the absence of Edilia Amoros (69 kg) due to an injury.

Pacho, who is also the vice president of the Pan American Weightlifting Confederation, stressed that the main goal of the Cuban athletes is to win the tournament but also to accumulate points and to qualify for the Pan American Games of Guadalajara in 2011.(the newspaper of Cuban youth)