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Women’s Water Polo: Puerto Rico Wins its First Gold

Mayagüez (07/31/10) – With a spectacular fourth quarter, the Puerto Rican team of men’s water polo won the gold medal this afternoon after defeating Venezuela 12-6 in the renovated Natatorium of the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez Campus.
A much fought game since the start, it favored Puerto Rico who finished the first quarter with the lead of 2-1.  Nevertheless, the offense of Venezuela was able to produce and was able to take the lead in the second            quarter 5-4.
All the hostilities ended between both teams for the third quarter since the score remained almost the same, closing the quarter 6-5 still in favor of Venezuela.
Even though, in that moment, the Puerto Ricans increased their level of gameplay and scores of Anaid Ralat (2), Amanda Ortiz (2), Reina López   (2) and Angélica García (1), this team effort permitted that Puerto Rico would destroy Venezuela’s possibilities of winning, for a run of 7-0.
Venezuela who in the end took the silver medal and Mexico took the bronze medal.  For Venezuela, Gregory Aguilar was the best scorer with 4 goals in a lost cause.
The women’s championship of water polo was disputed between three participating countries in these XXI Central American and Caribbean Sports Games Mayagüez 2010.
Scores Per Quarter
1st 2nd 3rd 4th total
PUR        2   2       1   7   = 12
Ven        1    4      1   0    = 6
Goal Keeper: PUR - Estefanía Laboy
Goal Keeper: VEN - Lorena Godoy
Medalists:
Gold – Puerto Rico
Silver – Venezuela
Bronze - Mexico