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Goodbye Veracruz, Welcome Barranquilla

Goodbye Veracruz, Welcome Barranquilla

Posted by Ricardo Vázquez on December 01, 2014

The Central American and Caribbean Games ended in the Mexican state of Veracruz with the sounds of salsa, cumbia and the smell of coffee, with a mixture of different music styles heralding the next contest, in Barranquilla, for 2018.

But in the games before the closing ceremonies, with Colombian Juanes putting the golden seal, the hosts had the chance to still get some medals.

Héctor Cardona, director of the Central American and Caribbean Sports Organization (ODECABE), declared the games concluded.

“We cannot say goodbye, because we carry Veracruz in our heart. We have been given great sports installations and a great international coverage. This is also the greatest participation of athletes and 56 records for the region. This points out to really spectacular games. The people from Veracruz have given us the best Central American games in history”, he expressed, before 20,000 people in the “Luis “Pirata” Fuente stadium.

Before the end, diver Dolores Hernández got the chance to get her third gold medal in the three meters dive in the Leyes de Reforma Aquatic Sports Complex.

Hernández got 332.25 points, defeating Colombian Diana Pineda by 29.35, and Venezuelan María Betancourt by 69.45. The other Mexican in the contest, Arantxa Chávez, ended in the fourth place, due to a bad execution on her third dive.

Meanwhile, tennis players Marcela Zacarías and Ana Sánchez gave Mexico another gold medal.

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