Cuba will field 16 of its top taekwondo athletes at the upcoming Central American and Caribbean Games (CACG), to be held Nov. 14-30 in Veracruz, Mexico.
The national taekwondo squad will feature two world champions, Glennis Hernandez (-73 kg.) and Rafael Alba (-87 kg), as well as world bronze medalists Yania Aguirre (-49 kg), Yamichel Nuñez (-53 kg.) Olympic bronze medalist Rosbelis Despaigne (+87 kg) and junior world silver medalist Jose Angel Cobas.
Completing the Female team: Yosmaili Ferrer (-46 Kg.), Yislena Lastre (-57 Kg.), Nydia Muñoz (-62 Kg.), Hilda Benítez (-67 Kg.) y Lisbeylis Ferrán (+73 Kg.), all of them led by coaches Ramón Arias and Arlen González.
The Male Team will be completed by: José Ángel Cobas (-74 Kg.), Rafael Solís (-54 Kg.), Osvaldo Llorens (-58 Kg.), Miguel Ángel Aguiar (-63 Kg.), Fermín Quesada (-68 Kg.) y Erlandys Mustelier (-80 Kg.), directed by coaches Roberto Cárdenas and Lázaro Alfonso.
Cuba hopes this year to better its results from the last edition in 2006 at Cartagena, Colombia, when Cuba topped the medals table with a total of 285 medals, including 138 gold, six of them won in taekwondo.