La discóbola cubana Yaimé Pérez. Foto: Otmaro Rodríguez / Archivo OnCuba.

Three Cubans reign in the Yulimar Rojas show in Alicante

Yaimé Pérez (discus), Roxana Gómez (400 meters) and Rose Mary Almanza (800), three of the main exponents of Cuban athletics, won gold medals in the final of the Division of Honor of the National Championship of Clubs of Spain, held this Saturday in La Nucia, Alicante.

Pérez, world champion of Doha 2019 and bronze medalist at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, climbed to the top of the podium with a top shot of 63.16 meters, which earned him to break the competition record (58.40), in power of the Czech nationalized Spanish, Alice Matejková, since 2002.

Defending the colors of the Club Playas de Castellón, in which several Cuban athletes are contracted, Yaimé made two other shots over 62 meters (62.53 and 62.33) and committed three fouls, but the victory was not at risk, since his closest pursuers did not even reach 55 meters.

According to jit websiteJune Kintana, from the Grupompleo Pamplona club, anchored second with a mark of 54.60 meters, while Natalia Sainz (Valencia Club) completed the honor roll with a record of 50.03).

On the return to the oval, Roxana Gómez also set a record for the event by stopping the stopwatches at 50.93 seconds, her best time of 2022. Modesta Justa (Valencia Club) and Eva Santidrian (FC Barcelona) then entered the finish line with times of 51.32 and 53.00 seconds, respectively.

The third Cuban crown in the final of the Division of Honor of the National Championship of Clubs of Spain was obtained by Rose Mary Almanza in the 800 meters. The woman from Camagüey ran the two laps of the track in 2:02.71 minutes, her leading mark in competitions outside the Island in the current campaign. Almanza was escorted by Lucía Pinacchio (2:03.69/FC Barcelona) and Lorea Ibarzabal (2:04.30/San Sebastián).

Regardless of the results of the Antillean delegation, the most outstanding note of the day was Yulimar Rojas (FC Barcelona), once again impressive in the triple jump. The Venezuelan debuted in her favorite test in 2022 after several forays into the length and did not disappoint, as she nailed the spikes in the 14.83 meters.

This record is a record for the contest and the best mark of the year, ahead of the 14.58 that Cuban Leyanis Pérez had achieved on May 22, during the Ibero-American Championship also held in Alicante, Spain.

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