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    Cuban men and women's basketball teams are among the strongest contenders for gold medals in the Panamerican games at Cali, Colombia.

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    Cuban men and women's basketball teams are among the strongest contenders for gold medals in the Panamerican games at Cali, Colombia.

    On Tuesday (August 10th) the women's team defeated Canada by 57 points to 46 virtually assuring themselves of first place in the tournament. The men's competition is more open. Cuba, who earlier staged a major upset when they crushed the highly fancied U.S. team, are equal on points with Puerto Rico and Mexico in the challenge to leaders Brazil. With all four teams facing tough matches in the final two days, the gold medal could go to any of the four.

    Overall in the 31 nation Games, the Cubans have done well - lying second in the medals table only to the United States. But with four team members defecting and several brawls with spectators and other teams, Cuba may now be viewing the Games with mixed feelings.

    Meanwhile on Tuesday, the American team added another gold medal to its tally as 18-year-old Pat Miles took the 1,500 metre free-style swimming title.

    SYNOPSIS: At Cali, Colombia, last Tuesday, the dark-vested Cuban men's basketball team got off to a good start against in Mexico in the Pan American Games tournament. Despite spirited counter-attacks by the Mexicans, the Cubans fluent team play was effective enough to give them a 44 - 38 points lead at the halfway stage.

    Cuba - inspired by their earlier defeat of the hotly fancied Americans - were in no mood to miss from set positions. Their fast-raiding play penned back their for long stretches and they kept up their challenge to Brazil, who lead the points table, by winning 88 points to 75.

    In the women's tournament, Cuba virtually clinched the gold medal by cruising to a convincing victory over Canada. The light-vested Canadian girls snapped up their chances well. But they lost out to Cuba's superior marksmanship after an end to end game - by 57 points to 46. The final whistle provided exchanges markedly more friendly than those involving other Cuban teams throughout the Games.

    At the Pan American Sports Centre, the United States continue to dominate the swimming medals. In the 1,500 metre mens freestyle, the swimming version of the marathon, 18-year-old Pat Miles took the gold. He beat team mate Tom McBreen in a stirring duel over the last 400 metres. It took Miles 16 minutes 32.3 seconds to cover the distance at the 50 metre pool. McBreen whose more polished strokes seemed as though they would prevail in the closing stages, was less than a second behind in a remarkably tight finish for such a long race.

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