Gold medal comeback for Ruben Mora and Danny Lopez of Nicaragua
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, December 8, 2017. - Ruben Mora and Danny
Lopez of Nicaragua snatched the gold medal of the men’s Beach
Volleyball tournament of the eleventh Central American Games
Managua 2017 with a comeback victory over Andy Leonardo and Luis
Garcia of Guatemala.
With the Salvador Allende beach volleyball venue at Paseo
Xolotlan at full capacity and a splendid weather, hosts Mora and
Lopez prevailed 2-1 (19-21, 21-17, 15-10) over Leonardo/Garcia.
An impressive crowd supported Ruben and Danny in every point won
Leonardo’s great timing in blocking and Garcia’s clever moves
kept Ruben and Danny under control in set one. Ruben and Danny’s
spectacular reaction was powerful with assertive spikes and
limited errors to pull out the win in three sets.
This is Nicaragua’s second and consecutive gold medal, the first
for Ruben Mora and Danny Lopez. For Guatemala, this is their
second medal in the Games, Andy Leonardo and Luis Garcia won the
bronze in the past edition.
Danny said they were well prepared to win the title, “we were
focused in winning the gold medal here at home. We didn’t
pressure ourselves, our performance was smooth, and we knew that
all our training was done responsibly”.
Ruben expressed “we must thank many persons and sport
authorities; this victory is not only ours; special thanks you
to the crowd, their support was crucial tonight. I also want to
thank my family and San Juan Del Sur”.
Silver medalists Andy Leonardo said “we had a good start and I
believe we were overconfident in the second set; they played
with all their energy and the crowd’s support was incredible.
The outcome only motivates us to work harder and take advantage
of our Federation’s and our Olympic Committee’s support”.
Richard Smith alongside Sebastian Valenciano won the bronze
medal match to Carlos “Tato” Escobar and David “Pepe” Vargas of
El Salvador by thrilling 2-0 (21-13, 23-21). Richard and
Sebastian set their rhythm in set one to hold off Tato and Pepe.
Things were totally different in set two as Pepe’s tenacity
challenged the Costa Rican duo.
A very emotional Richard said “I want to thank God in first
place; we struggled a lot to win this medal. I am very excited
to go back home with this medal, this medal seems like a gold
one for me. We had to overcome many difficulties to be here and
I am really happy”.
1. Rubén Mora/Danny Lopez (NCA); 2.
Andy Leonardo/Luis Garcia (GUA); 3. Richard Smith/Sebastian
Valenciano (CRC); 4. Carlos Escobar/David Vargas (ESA); 5. Irvin
Reyes/Manuel Serrano (HON); 6. Davis Montero/Elmar Valdez (PAN);
Luis Luna/Gabriel Nuñez (BIZ).
Men’s Results Friday December 8:
Irvin Reyes/Manuel Serrano (HON) d Davis Montero/Elmar Valdez
(PAN) 2-0 (21-17, 21-18); SF: Rubén Mora/Danny Lopez (NCA)
d Richard Smith/Sebastian Valenciano (CRC) 2-0 (21-11, 21-18);
Bronze Medal Match: Richard Smith/Sebastian Valenciano (CRC)
d Carlos Escobar/David Vargas (ESA) 2-0 (21-13, 23-21); Gold
Medal Match: Rubén Mora/Danny Lopez (NCA) d Andy
Leonardo/Luis Garcia (GUA) 2-1 (19-21, 21-17, 15-10).