Puerto Rico wins gold with women’s softball (Hawaiian player featured)


[Many thanks to Sage Kawelo for bringing this item to our attention.] The Puerto Rico women’s softball team won gold at Central American and Caribbean Games Barranquilla 2018 a little over a week ago. Now that they won gold (after a long drought), the team is headed to the 2020 Olympics. An interesting detail is that one of the players, Xeana Kamalani Dung, an award-winning Hawaiian pitcher who also has Puerto Rican roots, played for the Puerto Rican team for the first time in Barranquilla 2018.

Metro Puerto Rico featured Kamalani Dung on July 27; unfortunately, the article focused more on her beauty than her talent as a pitcher, and the title is a tad embarrassing (but this is all I could find): “The sexy pitcher of Puerto Rico’s women’s softball team”). Here are excerpts:


The women’s softball team of Puerto Rico managed to conquer the golden medal at the Central American and Caribbean Games of Barranquilla 2018 and its protagonists have made themselves known on social networks. One of them is the pitcher Xeana Kamalani Dung, who has more than seven thousand followers on her Instagram account @kamadung  and has amazed everyone with her beauty and naturalness.

Part of the local ninth, she is from Hawaii, she plays with the Bulldogs of the University of California at Berkeley, and she was born in a small town on the west coast of the island of Oahu.

“WE ARE GOLD MEDALISTS! Central American Games – Barranquilla 2018. First time you take home softball gold for Puerto Rico since 1993” (sic), Dung wrote with a photo, where she appears with his teammates shortly after receiving the Central American gold.

[Excerpts translated by Ivette Romero. For full article (in Spanish), see https://www.metro.pr/pr/deportes/2018/07/27/la-sexy-lanzadora-del-equipo-de-softbol-femenino-de-puerto-rico.html. Also see http://www.wbsc.org/puerto-rico-claimed-the-gold-medal-in-barranquilla-2018-womens-softball/]

See video on Kamalani at http://www.kitv.com/clip/14480974/hawaiis-dung-to-compete-on-puerto-rico-national-softball-team-this-summer

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