HAVANA, Cuba, Jun 17 (acn) Cuba earned the silver medal in the 2019 IHF Men´s Handball Emerging Nations Championship, which concluded last Sunday in Tbilisi, Georgia, with the triumph of the local side.
Despite it was presumed it was going to be a hard-fought match as both teams reached the final unbeaten in six outings, Cubans lost 21-31 to Georgians with highlight to the local Georgi Tskhovrebadze, who scored 8 goals and was also named MVP of the tournament.
Reinier Taboada and Omar Toledano were Cuba´s best scorers in this game with five goals each.
The latter was Cuba´s scoring leader in this contest with 43 goals, followed by Taboada (37).
In semifinals, Georgia defeated 28-21 UK, while the Caribbean island beat 39-36 Bulgarians, who were the bronze medalists after thrashing 47-31 UK in the third place match.
Cuba topped Group A unbeaten in five outings after defeating UK (35-27), China (30-24), Colombia(31-24), Azerbaijan (31-26)and India (40-29).
In addition to the MVP award, Tskhovrebadze was also chosen, as right back, in the All-Star team, a squad which also included Cubans Magnol Suarez (goalkeeper), and Eduardo Valiente (pivot); Bulgarians Svetlin Dimitrov (right wing) and Kristian Vasiliev (centre back); Georgian Teimuraz Orjonikidze (left back) and Chinese Huang Peijie (left wing).