Cuba and Puerto Rico claim Olympic beach berths
HAVANA, Cuba, May 28, 2018 - The Cuban home boys Miguel Angel
Ayón and Jorge Luis Alayo grabbed the gold medals of the NORCECA
Central Zone Qualifier by beating Puerto Ricans William Rivera
and Randall Santiago 2-0 (21-14, 21-19) while both teams had
secured spots in the beach volleyball tournament of the Youth
Olympic Games in Argentina next October.
The bronze medal went to Tim Brewster/John Schwengel (USA) after
a hard-fought clash against Leonel Garza/Franky Hernandez
(Mexico) that finished 2-1 (21-16, 17-21, 15-13) in the second
court ready for the final at the Club Habana.
The slender Alayon, 16, thanked all the coaches in his life for
the chance to enjoy the title and the Olympic pass in his
international debut, as well as the support of his family and
the Cuban sports movement.
"Especially the coaches who did an arduous job for the
preparation ahead of this commitment, in which the Puerto Ricans
were the ones who showed us the most resistance, we congratulate
them because we will go together to the games, where we will
fight to have a great performance".
His teammate Ayón assured that "we always focus to win even
though we knew it would be a very even tournament, we are very
happy for this victorious start and we will continue to
emphasize and reach the best shape for what is coming in
Argentina. It has been a very nice event and it gave us a good
Both Cubans and Puerto Ricans won their respective A and B pools
to advance to the semifinals, a stage in which the Cubans
defeated Brewster and Schwengel (USA) 2-0 (21-18, 21-17), and
Rivera and Santiago beat the combative Mexican duo that
integrate formed by Leonel Garza and Franky Hernández (Mexico)
2-1 (21-17, 19-21, 15-8).
Sunday’s Boys Final Summary:
Leonel Garza/Franky Hernandez (Mexico) d Cole Irwin/Robert Kemp
(Canada) 2-0 (21-17, 21-16) and Tim Brewster/John Schwengel
(USA) d Deivy Ramírez/Raymer Sarmiento (Republic Dominicana) 2-0
William Rivera/Randall Santiago (Puerto Rico) vs. Leonel Garza/Franky
Hernandez (Mexico) 2-1 (21-17, 19-21, 15-8) and Miguel Ángel
Ayón/Jorge Luis Alayo (Cuba) vs. Tim Brewster/John Schwengel
(USA) 2-0 (21-18, 21-17).
Miguel Ángel Ayón/Jorge Luis Alayo (Cuba) d William
Rivera/Randall Santiago (Puerto Rico) 2-0 (21-14, 21-19).
Tim Brewster/John Schwengel (USA) d Leonel Garza/Franky
Hernandez (Mexico) 2-1 (21-16, 17-21, 15-13).