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Date: 8/4/2018

The XXXIII Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia, finished yesterday (Friday 3 August) with a spectacular closing ceremony – the end of just over two weeks of tough competition in a variety of sports and disciplines that took place in the South American country.
Part of the sporting programme included men’s and women’s handball competitions with both genders featuring eight teams playing at the Sagrado Corazon de Jesus School Coliseum – the women’s competition taking place in the first week and the men’s in the second week.
Both competitions saw two preliminary groups of four teams each, with those teams finishing in first and second in each group going through to the semi-finals, while those finishing in third and fourth place going into the 5-8 placement round.
In the women’s competition, Dominican Republic scooped gold by beating Puerto Rico 29:25 in the final – the second event running that the Puerto Ricans had finished in silver, while in the bronze medal match Cuba grabbed a medal by defeating Mexico 29:21.
The Mexican men did manage to get a bronze medal though as they beat Dominican Republic 33:32 while title holders Puerto Rico could not defend their championship, losing 29:18 to Cuba in the final.
All three medallists in both the men’s and women’s competitions have automatically qualified through to the 2019 Pan American Games to be held in Lima, Peru.
Women’s Competition
1 Gold – Dominican Republic
2 Silver – Puerto Rico
3 Bronze – Cuba
4 Mexico
5 Guatemala
6 Colombia
7 Costa Rica
8 Nicaragua
Men’s Competition
1 Gold - Cuba
2 Silver – Puerto Rico
3 Bronze – Mexico
4 Dominican Republic
5 Colombia
6 Guatemala
7 Costa Rica
8 Honduras
All results and official match reports can be found HERE.
Women’s Tournament
Colombia (COL), Mexico (MEX), Puerto Rico (PUR), Dominican Republic (DOM), Cuba (CUB), Guatemala (GUA), Costa Rica (CRC), Nicaragua (NCA)
Preliminary Round
PUR vs NCA 39:21
MEX vs CRC 46:23
DOM vs GUA 42:13
CUB vs COL 34:11
MEX vs NCA 46:26
PUR vs CRC 31:22
CUB vs GUA 35:11
DOM vs COL 26:19
NIC vs CRC 20:16
PUR vs MEX 29:26
CUB vs DOM 25:28
COL vs GUA 19:18
5-8 Placement Round
CRC vs COL 21:17
NCA vs GUA 27:34
PUR vs CUB 28:25
MEX vs DOM 29:33
7-8 Placement Match
CRC vs NCA 26:22
5-6 Placement Match
COL vs GUA 17:18
CUB vs MEX 29:21
PUR vs DOM 25:29
Men’s Tournament
Colombia (COL), Puerto Rico (PUR), Cuba (CUB), Dominican Republic (DOM), Mexico (MEX), Guatemala (GUA), Costa Rica (CRC), Honduras (HON)
Preliminary Round
CUB vs CRC 35:15
PUR vs GUA 26:25
MEX vs HON 35:21
CUB vs GUA 32:14
PUR vs CRC 30:14
DOM vs HON 42:18
COL vs MEX 23:20
GUA vs CRC 24:20
PUR vs CUB 15:36
DOM vs MEX 30:34
COL vs HON 34:21
COL vs DOM 25:32
5-8 Placement Round
CRC vs COL 24:29
GUA vs HON 33:28
CUB vs MEX 40:23
PUR vs DOM 31:26
7-8 Placement Match
CRC vs HON 31:17
5-6 Placement Match
COL vs GUA 29:24
MEX vs DOM 33:32
CUB vs PUR 29:18