The Cuban judoka Ivan Silva won the bronze medal in the third day of the World Youth Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, by defeating 3-2 Mongolian Baterdene Baudikhnn.
That was Silva´s fifth win in the 81 kilograms, because previously he beat Belarusian Yahor Varapayen, by Yuko, Canadian Oliver Gobiel, by Ippon, Georgian Levan Gugaya, by Yuko, and Croatian Domonik Dauzeta, by Ippon.
He only lost 3-2 to Japanese Sotaro Fujiwara, who sent him to the playoffs, where he beat Dauzeta and Baudikhuu, the latter in the discussion of bronze medal.
Subsequently, Fujiwara won the silver medal when losing in the final to Dutch Frank De Wit.
Barbaro Sotomayor was the other Cuban competing on Sunday, but could not reach the podium when achieving two wins and one loss.
He first beat Moroccan Achraf Moutii, by Wazari, then defeated by Ippon to Komron Karlisov, but then lost by ippon against South Korean Lee Jin Moon, who finished fifth.
With these results, the small delegation of Cuba finished in 19th seat, with a bronze medal, since Yandry Torres (60), Melissa Hurtado (48), Yurisleidy Hernandez (52) and Adilaidis Lemus ( 57) could not reach the podium either.
Torres achieved two wins and one defeat, Hurtado (1-1 ), while Hernandez and Lemus lost in their first bouts.
Japan ranked first in the standings with five gold, three silver and one bronze medals, followed by South Korea (2-1-1), Georgia (1-2-1), the Netherlands ( 1-0-1), Kazakhstan (1-0-0), Hungary (1-0-0) and Kosovo (1-0-0).
The individual tournament, which ends today, was attended by 560 judokas -338 men and 222 women- from 82 countries, while the team competition starts on Tuesday.