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Ivan Cambar lifts a gold for Cuba at Pan American Games
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09:57, July 17, 2007

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Ivan Cambar garnered a winning total of 350kg to snap a gold medal for Cuba in the men's 77kg weightlifting at the 15th Pan American Games on Monday in Rio de Janeiro.

Cambar lifted 156kg in snatch to beat the previous Pan American Games record. He then went on to lift 194kg in clean and jerk to wrap up his victory.

"I came to the Pan Am Games as a favorite and, since the beginning, I felt a hard pressure. I knew it would have been a big disappointment in my country if I went back without a medal. Now I can go back home relaxed and I'm proud of my gold medal." Cambar said.

Cambar was especially happy with the new record he set in snatch: "More than happiness for winning, I'm proud to set up a new Pan American record. It's really a great feeling and an honor to any athlete."

Jose Ocando of Venezuela took the silver medal at 337kg. "My goal was to win a medal and I gave my best to do so. For me the snatch was the most difficult part, but, gladly, I got a good score." said Ocando, who lifted 145kg in snatch.

"we never know what will be our opponents' strategy, but I knew I had to go beyond the weight I had chosen. Now I must continue practicing hard to achieve a good position in the world championship and, maybe, win more medals for Venezuela."

Source: Xinhua

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