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  1. Havana, Dec 4 (Prensa Latina) Cuban sports are celebrating Sunday the centennial anniversary of track and field, a discipline with outstanding results on the Island.

    The bash began Saturday night with a cultural gala at the Astral Theater, honouring former and current track and field stars.

    Senegalese Lamine Diack, president of the International Federation of Athletics Federation (IAAF), and Jose Ramon Fernandez, president of the Cuban Olympic Committee, headed the diploma-award ceremony for the most outstanding athletes.

    Enrique Figuerola, silver holder in the 100 meters race in Tokyo 1964, triple jumper Pedro Perez Dueñas, Pan American champion in Cali ‘1971, Alberto Juantorena, twice Olympic champion in 400 and 800 meters in Montreal’1976.

    The list also includes javelin thrower Maria Caridad Colón, first Latin American gold holder in Moscow’1980, Ana Fidelia Quirot, Olympic and world multi-medallist, Olympic champions Javier Sotomayor (high jumper), and Ivan Pedroso (long jumper).

    World record holder Osleidys Menéndez (javelin) and hammer thrower Yipsi Moreno, world champion in 2001 and 2003, complete the list.

    In the gala, Fernandez granted Diack a special recognition for the centennial celebrations. In turn, the IAAF president said he was very proud and thanked Cuba and President Fidel Castro for all that has been done in favor of athletics. « Cuba is an example for the world in education and sports, » he added.

  2. Guatemala, Dec 3 (Prensa Latina) Cuban female softball team pitcher Marlen Bubaire won a perfect game and Cuba beat Colombia 2-0, securing its right to compete in the 2006 World Championships, despite its loss to Venezuela 0-1.

    In the penultimate day of the sixth Pan American Female Softball tournament, Cuba defeated Colombia with Bubaire striking out 6 Colombian batters with no bases on balls, giving Cuba the 5th place in the tournament, valid to compete in China in 2006.

    In a second match, Cuba faced the Venezuelan team Friday night, which was second to the US in Group A.

    Though Cuban pitcher Anisley Lopez did a great job, she lost to Venezuelan opponent Yohana Gomez.

    The Friday matches defined positions, and the US defeated Canada 9-2, while Venezuela beat Puerto Rico 3-0.

    The US team earned 9 runs, 11 hits, with three errors, while Canada, Pan American runner-up, lost its match in the 5th inning, after US got an edge of two runs in the first.

    The final will be between US and Saturday´s winner between Canada and Venezuela.

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