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Cuba claim win in baseball opener

Cuban players celebrate
Cuban players celebrate victory over Japan

Defending Olympic champions Cuba got their quest for baseball gold off to the perfect start with a 4-2 win over Japan in Wukesong Baseball Field.

Alfredo Despaigne starred with the bat while Norge Luis Vera pitched six solid innings in a game many believed to be a preview of the final.

Cuba coach Antoni Pacheco said: "It was a very difficult game. It's always important to win your first game."

Elsewhere, the US slumped to a narrow 8-7 defeat to South Korea.

And in the other matches of the opening preliminary round, Chinese Taipei beat the Netherlands 5-0, while Canada outclassed host nation China 10-0.




Baseball medals table

Sunday, 24 August 2008 10:17 UK
Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
1 also show each event results forSouth Korea 1 0 0 1
Men's Team 1 0 0
2 also show each event results forCuba 0 1 0 1
Men's Team 0 1 0
3 also show each event results forUSA 0 0 1 1
Men's Team 0 0 1

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