Renewal, accurate goals, and a new board in charge of Cuban track and field, organized the first public competition this week with the celebration of the Cuban Cup of track and field. The competition will be held at the Pan American Stadium, place where an athletic track is desperately needed.
The most notable result was achieved in the triple jump event, which is the most stable of all the last 25 years. Young triple jumper Andy Diaz, 17.40m, exceeded his personal best and encouraged his opponents who jumped 17.24m, Cristian Napoles, and 17.05m Lazaro Martinez.
Another event with notable result was the discus throw. Yaime Perez won the gold medal, 65.57m, ahead of 2015 IAAF world champion Denia Caballero, 64.08m.
Despite a favorable wind conditions in some competitions, we may label as attractive and encouraging the results of Roberto Skyers and Reynier Mena in 100m and 200m, respectively. Needless to say the 4.40m of pole-vaulter Yarisley Silva was very good. We perceived encouraging signs in her return to her best physical conditions and much more cheerful after going through personal problems.
The long jump, 400m, 800m, the long and short relays, boasted acceptable performances. Heptathlonist Yorgelis Rodriguez competed only in some individual event and won two medals, gold in high jump and silver in long jump. Such strategy is understandable according to the stage of the training she is in.
Certainly, there is lots of work to do. Some events —which covered our country in glory in the past— have not the necessary level to even dream of a medal in international competitions. We are referring to javelin throw, shot put, and hammer throw.
The Cuban Cup was embellished by Cuban athletic stars like Javier Sotomayor, Ivan Pedroso, Anier Garcia, Yumisleidis Cumba, Yoelbis Quesada, Yargelis Savigne, Maria Caridad Colon, Dayron Robles, and Yipsy Moreno. Many of them are already involved in the new image the Cuban track and field wants to portray.
Translated by Sergio A. Paneque Diaz / Cubasi Translation Staff