OFFICIAL VOICE OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CUBA CENTRAL COMMITTEE
Photo: Ricardo López Hevia

RÍO DE JANEIRO.— With Cuba’s third gold medal stemming from the fists of Julio César La Cruz, in the 81 kilogram boxing division, the Cuban delegation remains firmly in position 21 on the 31st Olympic Games medal table, while preparing for further competition in the closing days.

“The Shadow” as the boxer from Camagüey is dubbed, was a true enigma in the 81kg final, managing to settle an old score from London 2012, when he was unexpectedly absent from the podium.

His rapid attack style saw him land direct hits on rival Adilbek Niyazymbetov of Kazakhstan. The performance secured him Cuba’s first boxing gold in Río, a feat Robeisy Ramírez and Arlen López will seek to emulate this Saturday.