Thursday, August 14, 2008

Cuba grabs sixth Olympic medal

Eglys Cruz, shown here in photos by Trabajadores newspaper, took third in a women's shooting competition, giving Cuba a bronze medal, its sixth medal in the Olympics so far. Du Li of China won the gold in the competition.

I was looking for Eglys' biography and noticed that Yahoo! Sports lists Santiago de Cuba as Cuba's largest city. We all make mistakes, but geez, I wonder how they got that wrong. Havana is five times as big as Santiago.


leftside said...

A mini-controversy erupted last night after Cuba beat the US in baseball 4-3. The US coach Davey Johnson said he thought the Cuban pitcher intentionall tried to hurt a US player by throwing a pitch at his head. But as the NY Times admitted, "in truth, Lazo’s throw, however high-and-tight, did not seem dirty."

This sad event will not help Cuba-US relations. Cubans are justifiably pissed they would be accused of such malice and be shown such a lack of respect.

Other than that the game was amazing. The US-Cuba women's volleyball match was one to remember as well. The US-Cuba rivalry certainly does not hurt the Olympic drama...

Tracey Eaton said...

The video clearly shows the ball hitting the bat, then shooting up and striking the batter in the head. I don't see how the pitcher could be blamed for that.