Cubans Luis Enrique Zayas and Sahily Diago were victorious this Friday in the annual Meeting Jaén Paraíso Interior tournament, held in the Spanish city of Andújar.
Zayas, Pan American holder in 2019 and a world finalist a year ago in Oregon, he was the only one of the nine athletes to jump the rod at 2.18 meters. With this, he positioned himself from the beginning in first place in his first international outdoor competition of the season.
Then, he was able to comfortably reach 2.22 meters in his first jump, although he failed three times over 2.25, a mark already surpassed by him five times this season, according to review the digital site cubadebate.
In this way, he could not approach the 2.28 meters that are his best mark in the current year.
Meanwhile, Sahily Diago won the 800-meter dash among the ladies. The athlete from Cuba stopped the clock in 2:00.90, her best time of the season, and preceded the Portuguese Patricia Silva (2:01.77) and the Ethiopian Firezewid Tesfaye (2:02.56) on the podium.
With this, the Cuban is approaching the two-minute barrier for the third consecutive year, a record from which she has not dropped since she left the sport in 2017. Diago treasures a personal best of 1:57.74 achieved in 2014, she says. cubadebate.
an intense Saturday
For their part, the heptathletes Adriana Rodríguez and Marys Patterson, together with the decathlete Yancarlos Hernández, will compete this Saturday and Sunday at the Gotzis Meeting, Austria, with the gold category of the World Athletics.
This combined events competition brings together the best decathlon and heptathlon exponents worldwide, according to the Cuban News Agency.
This is a good training opportunity for the three representatives of Cuba, currently the best of these specialties on the Island, considers the media.
Meanwhile, also this Saturday, the long jumper Alejandro Parada will compete in Chinese Taipei. And closer to Cuba, in Martinique, a group of eleven competitors, led by the discus thrower Mario Díaz and the hurdler Greysi Robles, will seek to train for the main commitments of the season.