HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 3 (ACN) Cubans Serguey Torres and Fernando Dayan Jorge, multiple World Cup medalists, were crowned Olympic champions on Monday in a hard-fought final, where they surpassed the Chinese over the finish line in the 1,000-meter tandem canoe (C2-1000) in Tokyo, Japan.
The Cubans were third until the 750 meters, but then they placed second, to epically come back in the final until the Olympic glory, against a Chinese duo that was immense from the beginning.
Serguey and Fernando Dayan clocked 3:24.995 minutes, Olympic record, while the Chinese Hao Liu and Pengfei Zheng registered 3:25.198 and the German champions of Rio de Janeiro 2016 Sebastian Brendel and Tim Hecker, reached bronze, with 3:25.615.
In summer events, Cuba also boasts three silver medals in canoeing, won by Leobaldo Pereira and Ibrahim Rojas in the C2-1000 and Ledy Frank Balceiro in the C1-1000 in Sydney 2000, and Rojas and Balceiro in the C2-500 in Athens 2004.
Cuba accumulates in Tokyo three medals of each color (gold, silver and bronze), in 16th place in the medal standings.