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Dec 12, 2014

The “Martyrs of Barbados” gymnasium in downtown Havana

The “Martyrs of Barbados” gymnasium in downtown Havana

About 100 students train at the gymnasium in downtown Havana in Cuba, which was named after 73 Cuban fencers, known as the "Martyrs of Barbados", who were killed in a 1976 attack when a bomb blew up a Cubana airliner in Barbados.

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Athletes practice during a fencing class at the "Martyrs of Barbados" gymnasium in downtown Havana, November 28, 2014. ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI/REUTERS

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An athlete practices with an epee during a fencing class at the "Martyrs of Barbados" gymnasium in downtown Havana, November 27, 2014. ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI/REUTERS

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Children practice during a fencing class at the "Martyrs of Barbados" gymnasium in downtown Havana, December 3, 2014. ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI/REUTERS

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Children exercise during a fencing class at the "Martyrs of Barbados" gymnasium in downtown Havana, December 3, 2014. ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI/REUTERS

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Children listen to instructions from fencing teacher and 1991 fencing World Champion, Tulio Dias, during a class at the "Martyrs of Barbados" gymnasium in downtown Havana, November 27, 2014. ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI/REUTERS

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Children warm up during a fencing class at the "Martyrs of Barbados" gymnasium in downtown Havana, November 27, 2014. ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI/REUTERS

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Gelena Dias (C), 9, exercises during a fencing class at the "Martyrs of Barbados" gymnasium in downtown Havana, December 3, 2014. ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI/REUTERS

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Children exercise during a fencing class at the "Martyrs of Barbados" gymnasium in downtown Havana, December 3, 2014. ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI/REUTERS

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Dayson Santana, 7, has his heart rate checked during a fencing class at the "Martyrs of Barbados" gymnasium in downtown Havana, December 5, 2014. ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI/REUTERS

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Athletes practice fencing during a class at the "Martyrs of Barbados" gymnasium in downtown Havana, December 4, 2014. ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI/REUTERS

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Yexibel Gainsa, 14, practices with an epee during a fencing class at the "Martyrs of Barbados" gymnasium in downtown Havana, December 2, 2014. ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI/REUTERS

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Support equipment for fencing practice hang on the wall of the "Martyrs of Barbados" gymnasium in downtown Havana, November 26, 2014. ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI/REUTERS

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Yexibel Gainsa, 14, takes off a fencing mask during a class at the "Martyrs of Barbados" gymnasium in downtown Havana, December 4, 2014. ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI/REUTERS

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Fencing masks are seen at the "Martyrs of Barbados" fencing gymnasium in downtown Havana, November 26, 2014. ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI/REUTERS

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Yexibel Gainsa, 14, stretches after a fencing class at the "Martyrs of Barbados" gymnasium in downtown Havana, December 4, 2014. ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI/REUTERS

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Yexibel Gainsa, 14, rests during a fencing class break at the "Martyrs of Barbados" gymnasium in downtown Havana, December 2, 2014. ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI/REUTERS

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Fencing teacher and 1991 Fencing World Champion, Tulio Diaz, reads a newspaper before starting a class at the "Martyrs of Barbados" gymnasium in downtown Havana, December 1, 2014. ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI/REUTERS

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A caretaker sits at the entrance of the "Martyrs of Barbados" fencing gymnasium next to an image of late Cuban rebel revolutionary Camilo Cienfuegos, in downtown Havana, November 26, 2014. ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI/REUTERS

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