With one gold medal and two bronze medals, the Dominican Republic reached a total of 11 medals in the I Pan American Junior Games Cali – Valle 2021.
Gymnastics joined weightlifting and judo as the three federations that have contributed to the country’s medal count in this multi-sport event.
Jabiel Polanco won gold in the artistic gymnastics rings with a score of 13,133 points, beating Peru’s Edward Alarcón.
Judo won the bronze in mixed teams by beating Mexico 4-1, and weightlifting won a bronze with Sindy Santana.
The Quechua delegation has three gold medals, as well as three silver and five bronze medals.
Boxing secures bronze in Junior Pan American Games
With a recital of punches by Dominican boxer Novoanny Núñez, the national boxing team advanced for the first time to the semifinals of this sport.
Núñez defeated Venezuelan fighter Génesis Lozada by unanimous decision (5-0), in the third fight of the day in the women’s 48 – 51 kilos category.
The five judges saw the Creole boxer victorious, leaving the scorecards 150-135 in favor of the Quisqueyana.
With this victory, the national boxing delegation obtains its first pass to the semifinals of the multisport event.
The young fighter will jump into the ring in search of advancing to the final of the women’s 48 – 51 kilograms.
Núñez is the only current athlete of the Dominican boxing delegation participating in the Pan American youth competition.
Gymnastics wins gold in Panam Junior
Jabiel de Jesús Polanco Acosta won the third gold medal by registering the best score in the final of the men’s artistic gymnastics rings, event held at the Coliseo El Pueblo.
Polanco Acosta scored 13.133 points to beat Peru’s Edward Daniel Alarcón Luque, who scored 12.9 points and won the silver medal.
Polanco will have the opportunity to win more medals when he takes part in the finals of the horse vault and parallel jumping.
In rings, the modality he won in these Junior Pan American Games, the athlete had a score of 13.134, valid for the gold medal.
Weightlifting wins bronze
Weightlifter Sindy Santana Carrión won the bronze medal in the 76 kilograms category of the weightlifting tournament held at the Ramón Elías López Pavilion.
Santana Carrión lifted 97 kilograms in the snatch and 120 in the deadlift for a total of 217, just one less than Kelin Juliana Jiménez, from Ecuador, who took the silver after registering two less in the first movement (95), but three more in the deadlift (123) for a total of 218.
The other Dominican athlete who competed in that category was Veronica Vega Pie, who finished fourth with 213 kilos in the total (90 and 113).
Santana Carrión’s bronze medal is the second one achieved by the Quintana Roo weightlifting team in the competition.
Petromacorisana Dahiana Ortiz won the gold medal in the 49 kilograms category, which she decorated with the two junior continental records she set in the snatch (82) and 185 in the total after lifting 102 in the rebound, twice her body weight.
Judo finished with another bronze
The mixed team won the bronze medal in the last day of the judo tournament of the Junior Pan American Games.
After losing 2-4 to Brazil, the Dominican mixed team defeated Mexico 4-1 in the dispute for the bronze medal.
Dominican judo finished with eight medals, including one gold, three silver and four bronze.
The gold medal was won by Ariela Sánchez, in -63 kilos. While the silver medals were won by Antonio Tornal (-73 kilos), Moira Morillo (+78 kilos), Axel del Castillo (-100 kilos).
The bronze medalists were Albis Polanco (-81 kilos), Omaria Ramirez Piña (-78 kilos), Aleida Liliana Guerrero (-48 kilos) and the mixed team.
Baseball advances to the semifinals
The Dominican Republic’s baseball team advanced to the semifinals after a 10-4 win over Colombia.
The Dominicans obtained their second victory of the tournament supported by an offensive barrage.
The most outstanding offensive players for the Dominicans were Mieses 4-3 with a triple, three RBIs and two runs scored; Batista 4-2 with a double, two RBIs and one run scored; and Fabián 3-2 with a double and two runs scored.
Valdez earned the victory by pitching two innings and two thirds in which he allowed one hit and gave up one ticket.
The Dominican Republic, as leader of group A, awaits to know who will be its next opponent, which must be the team that occupies the second place in group B.