Cristian Atanay Nápoles became the world under-18 champion in Cali 2015 and currently ranks first in the under-20 triple jump. Photo: Getty Images

Seven Cuban athletes under the age of 20 are currently ranked among the top three in the world in their respective disciplines and feature among the 14 members of the National selection chosen to compete in the World Youth Athletics Championship, set to take place in Byd­goszcz, Poland, July 19-24.
Despite constant changes in the world rankings, three young Cuban athletes have already topped these lists this year: triple jumper Davisleidis l. Velazco (14.08) and hammer thrower Ayamey Medina (68.98), who share the honor with Cristian A. Nápoles (16.92), also a triple jumper.
Long jumper Maikel D. Massó (8.28) now ranks second in his discipline after being knocked off the top spot at the end of June by China’s Yuhao Shi, with a jump of 8.30m. Another Cuban athlete to place second this year is Lázaro Martínez, defending triple jump champion (Eugene 2014), after reaching 16.90m, although he has the potential to make 17m, as he did during the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
Also ranking in second place is decathlete Santiago Ford (7,943), only trailing discipline leader Jan Ruhrmann of Germany, by 29 points. In third place features high jumper (2.25) Luis E. Zayas, after being beaten by Ukraine’s Oleksandr Ba­rannikov (2.26) on June 25, tied at the top with Jah-Nhai Perinchief of Bermuda.
In addition to these seven indisputable talents, the National Athletics Commission also selected other potential medal winners who are set to compete in the July competition, including: Juan M. Echeverría – long jump, ranked fifth this year with 7.96m despite having reached 8.05 in 2015; decathlete Rafael Noguera with 7,663 points and also occupying fifth place; 400m sprinter Roxana Gómez (52.26) sharing 7-8 place in the world; while heptathlete Adriana Rodríguez ranks eighth with 5,547 points.
Completing the group are 110m hurdler Yoan Villa (13.70), 800m runner Arletys Thaureaux (2:05.60) and javelin thrower Marisleisys Duarthe (54.36), currently not ranked within the top 10 in the world, but will fight to place among the eight finalists.