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It is a fact; Cuban women have opened themselves up a space in the complicated world of international pole vault. The most serious references came in late 2011 thanks to the excellent performances by Yarisley Silva in competitions throughout the globe class and became stronger when that same athlete won the solver medal at the London Olympic Games.
One day, when he was 8 he got into a brawl in his school, and luckily that day Professor Jorge Luis Fermin Rodriguez (his first coach) was passing by and at the suggestion of his teacher, invited Ramirez to practice boxing.
The star of pole vault, Sergei Bubka, was in Cuba, competed and lost. Yes, this was exactly as it reads, and I admit that I was also amazed when a friend (to whom I am thankful for the greatest part of the statistics in this publication) told me about the totally unheard-of event. It happened in Santiago de Cuba, in the summer of 1980, when a competition called “Olympic Hopes” has held, with attendance of youngsters below 18 years from the socialist countries.
Holguin native Leuris Pupo Requejo will always remember August 3, 2012 as one of the happiest days of his life. At the Royal Artillery Barracks, London, the specialist 25 meters rapid fire pistol became the first Cuban Olympic champion in shooting sports, an award for his dedication and sacrifice of more than 15 years in the national team. A little shy, soft-spoken that sometimes you mistake with a slight stammer, Leuris shared OnCuba emotions he felt while listening to the Cuban anthem from the top of the podium under the five rings.
A total of 56 baseball players from throughout the country meet at the Latinoamericano stadium with a view to become part of the Cuban selection that will travel to Europe and Asia starting next October 20 as part of our team’s training for the Third World Baseball Classic to take place in March 2013. Manager of this group is Víctor Mesa, while the experienced Jorge Fuentes is technical counselor.
In the town of Santa Maria del Rosario, located in the Havana municipality of Cotorro, everyone knows him. "There, in the house that has the San Lazaro in the front," says the first person you ask. The fact is that Ronaldo Veitia Valdivié meets like anyone else the requirements to be Illustrious Son of that municipality.
Ruth Beitia Vila, despite being 33 and having announced her retirement, just got the best season of her long career as an athlete. In 2012, the Spanish high jumper became European champion in the Helsinki Championships last June and was fourth in the Olympic Games in London. In the British capital, Ruth crossed the barrier of 2 meters, a height she had never reached in major competitions and is just 2 centimeters shy of her best performance ever: 2.02m on August 4, 2007 in San Sebastian.
When we still are several months away from the start in March 2013 of the Third World Baseball Classic, the Cuban national team thinks, raves and dreams of its nemesis: Japan, the undisputed winner in the first two editions.
In London, the feminine vaulting pole emerged from the storm with powerful light to bring us Cubans an afternoon of peace and national joy. On August 6, Yarisley Silva gave our Island’s athletics team its best result with a silver medal – the first medal to be obtained by a Latin athlete in Olympic Games in this sport.
The 52nd Cuban national baseball series will have a new competitive structure, as revealed last Friday at a press conference by Higinio Vélez, president of the Cuban Federation of that sport. The new system imposes the “all against all” regardless of geographic zones, and will have two stages: the first one with 45 games and 16 teams, and the second with 42 games by the first eight that classify in the first round.