Athletics

Athletics

Yumisleidis Cumbá got very few international titles, but she achieved an Olympic gold. She was selected one the best Cuban sportsmen in 2004. Yumisleidis Cumbá was born in Guantánamo, the last of the eastern provinces of Cuba, on February 11th, 1975.

Athletics sports queen among Cubans. Athletes who have shone in Cuba and the world have crowned the island as a power in this discipline. Sounds shooting and flying corridors. This time there was no false start. In just seconds make magic and we will have a winner who will try to break records. There is a favorite and this fear letting their followers and all the press that has elevated the skies. 

Javier Sotomayor of Cuba's most recognized record holder. The 2.45-meter jump in 1993 remain unbeatable in the high jump athletics. In so many sports records are constantly renewing however, the high jump is like molten lead Sotomayor had the mark of 2.43, the records of the javelin, career 100-meter fall meters.

Symbol of self-sacrifice and commitment to the sport is Ana Fidelia Quirot. Nowadays she belongs to the Hal of Fame of the Athletics in Central America and Caribbean. It is strange not to find an Olympic Title in Ana Fidelia Quirot's list of achievements.

Alberto Juantorena was the first man to win the 400 and 800 meters at the Olympic Games. Alberto Juantorena, currently president of the Cuban Athletics Federation, a story that keeps bristles all Cubans who lived through those years when he was active.

Iván Pedroso Springer is the largest Cuban athletics. For 5 world championships dominated the long jump. His personal best was 8.96 meters. Ivan the Terrible or The Grasshopper call him Ivan Pedroso, habanero born December 17, 1972, who retained the world title in the long jump for five consecutive world championships under roof.

The first Latin American to win an Olympic gold medal was Maria Caridad Colón. She was one of the 100 best Cuban athletes of the twentieth century. María Caridad Colón, the Cuban javelin thrower who made ??history by being the first Latin American woman to win a gold medal in Olympic Games, was born on March 25, 1958 in Baracoa, Guantanamo, the easternmost province of Cuba.

Enrique Figuerola was the best Cuban runner 60s. It was he who first won a medal in Olympic Games after 1959. It happened that same year of 1959 he managed to attend Figuerola, 21 years old, the III Pan American Games in Chicago, where he earned a bronze medal in the 100 meter dash with a time of 10.4 seconds.

Anier García is one of the 100 top Cuban sportsmen of the XX century. Out of predictions, he was the winner in several competitions and even conquered an Olympic gold. Todo sucedió contra los pronósticos especializados. Nadie lo daba como campeón olímpico en los 110 metros con vallas, pero hizo quedar muy mal parado a todos los que tenían puestos sus ojos sobre Terence Trammell, Mark Crear, Allen Johnson y el recordista mundial de la especialidad, el británico Colin Jackson.

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