Cuban triple jumper Pedro Pablo Pichardo has seen an excellent season with gold medals at the Diamond League stops in Doha, Rome and New York. Photo: AIN

CUBAN triple jumper Pedro Pablo Pichardo took the gold medal at the seventh stop on the Diamond League circuit in New York on June 13.

Pichardo leapt a distance of 17.56 meters to dominate the triple jump event, in which his compatriot Ernesto Revé (16.53m) came close to the podium, but finished in fourth place.

The Cuban was joined by Will Claye (16.96m) and Omar Craddock (16.55m) of the U.S. at the top, winners of the silver and bronze medals, respectively, as noted on the IAAF website.

This was Pichardo’s third title in these athletic contests after winning at the stops in Doha, Qatar, last May; and Rome, Italy, on June 4, making him one of the great stars of the sport worldwide.

So far this season, the athlete from Santiago de Cuba leads his discipline with a jump of 18.08 meters – the third best record in history – only surpassed by the 18.29m (world record) of Britain’s Jonathan Edwards and the 18.09 of Kenny Harrison of the U.S.

Also on Saturday, Cuban Yaimé Pérez secured the silver medal in the discus throw with a distance of 65.86 meters.

The gold went to Olympic champion Sandra Perkovic of Croatia (68.44m), while Mélina Robert-Michon of France (62.77m) took third place.

Finally, in the javelin, Guillermo Martínez took eighth place with a throw of 73.07 m, whilst Vitezslav Vesely of the Czech Republic (83.62m) took the gold medal.