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Cuba overcome US to reach final

Cuba's Hector Olivera is congratulated by Michel Enriquez
Cuba's Hector Olivera is congratulated by Michel Enriquez

Defending champions Cuba crushed the United States 10-2 to reach the Olympics baseball final.

They will meet South Korea, who fought back from an early 2-0 deficit to beat Japan 6-2.

Cuba - who beat the US in group play last week - pounded 14 hits, beginning with three in the third inning to take a 2-0 lead.

Earlier Japan took an early lead after runs from Tsuyosh Nishioka, but could not keep their momentum going.

And South Korea took advantage, with Lee Seung-yuop hitting a crucial two-run home run in the eighth inning and Kang Min-ho all but sealing it.




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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see also
US baseball team reach last four
19 Aug 08 |  Baseball
Cuba edge US on tie-breaker rule
15 Aug 08 |  Baseball
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