Comeback, ambitions, consistency. All this and more must be going through the head of Cuban triple jumper Lázaro Martínez, who in his second Indoor World Tour competition once again showed his claws to prevail with a jump of 17.12 meters in Madrid.
Said stretch in his second jump of a sequence that also saw him jump 16.86-17.12-X-15.71-16.65 and 14.53 also deserved him to lead the circuit with 20 points, product of his triumph in the Spanish capital, and the 17.21 equally golden in Lievin last February 17.
Several readings leave the triumph of Lázaro (November 3, 1997) in Iberian lands. The first is the fact that he is physically well, as evidenced by his six jumps completed without a hint of discomfort. The second is associated with the fact that, after three gray seasons, he experiences a resurgence that could culminate in him at the Belgrade World Cup.
We are talking about a triple jumper who, although he does not have that lofty personal record (17.28), was a double holder of the world among youth in 2014 and 2016, a time when he was considered among the greatest talents in the King of sports at a global level. Several factors influenced his potential to be diluted for a time, but few doubt the talent to be exploited and the margin for growth that the Guantanamo still possesses.
Who on this occasion relegated German Max Hess (16.85) and Frenchman Jean-Marc Pontvianne (16.67) to positions two and three respectively; and also maintained his second seat in the annual list of the specialty, which also commands the Spanish nationalized Antillean Jordan Díaz (17.27).
A sign that the Cuban triple jump school unquestionably maintains its prestige and track record, to the point that at the age of 18, Martínez was a finalist in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Yulimar’s solo, Rojas alive
But if we are talking about triple jump and onfire spikes, we have to stop at the solo offered at Madrid’s Gallur by the Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas, who stretched up to 15.41 meters, to stay two centimeters short of her own record for the Madrid rally and that of step stands as a record on indoor track. Rojas had three valid jumps out of six, but all from another galaxy, at a rate of 15:35-15:41 and a closing time of 14:90.
In this way, the Venezuelan is ratified as the unbeatable flyer in that event; to which she also adds her success in Lievin with 6.81 meters in her first international crusade in the long jump.
Now in Gallur they escorted the phenomenal disciple of the legendary Iván Pedroso, the Cuban Liadagmis Povea (14.08), a record that momentarily became a personal best on the indoor track in the current campaign; in which the also daughter of the Greater Antillean, Leyanis Pérez, has nailed her spikes at distances of 14.47 and 14.15 meters, deserving of gold and silver in that order at the athletic meetings of Miramas and Mondeville, France.
Other winners in Gallur turned out to be the Olympic champion of the 3,000 meters Selemon Barega with 7:34.03 minutes and a record for the rally; the American Elijah Hall (6.57 seconds) in the 60 smooth; and the British Elliot Giles (1:45.43 minutes) in the 800 meters. In addition to the Polish Konrad Bukowiecki with a respectable 21.91 meters in the impulsion of the shot.
Among the ladies, the experienced Polish Justyna Święty-Ersetic reigned in the lap of the oval with 51.21 seconds; Ethiopian Gudaf Tsegay did her homework in the 1,500 with 3:57.38 minutes; the Australian Eleanor Patterson dominated the height with 1.96 meters, the same as the British Lorraine Ugen in the length (6.67).
Regarding their respective triumphs, Rojas and Barega offered statements to World Athletics:
Red: “It has been very good, and for my first competition it has gone very well. There are small details that we have to work on, but I felt very good and it was what we wanted. It’s always nice to compete in Madrid, with so many people in the stands and such a pleasant atmosphere.
Now we will recover and prepare for Belgrade. The most important thing there is to make a better mark. I want to be world champion, but I also want to enjoy the championships. We haven’t had a normal championship like this for more than two years.”
While, Barega He expressed that “after having been second twice without having done any elite speed training, this week I decided to give a push from 150 meters. The altitude (657m) is difficult here, so I decided that maybe it was not the time to run fast. After the Olympics it was easier and smoother training, but this last month of preparation has been tough, with the fixed goal of being world champion.”