In less than one month Cuban gymnasts will face their second competition of the year: the 47th Gymnastics World Championships, in Montreal, Canada, a special place for the sport, where the outstanding Nadia Comaneci scored the first perfect 10 in history of the discipline.
Also looking to secure high scores for technique and esthetic, Manrique Larduet, Randy Lerú, Marcia Videaux, and Yesenia Ferrera will represent Cuba, after months of training at the National School of Gymnastic.
Speaking to Granma International, Carlos Gil, national men’s team coach noted that training has gone well with no major setbacks or injuries, a good sign, above all given that Manrique Larduet suffered various problems last year, which ultimately affected his performance in the 2016 Río de Janeiro Olympics.
Nonetheless, Larduet, from Santiago de Cuba, will need to work hard to match or surpass his performance at the last World Championships in Glasgow, 2015, where he finished in second place on points, and took bronze in the high bar.
Randy Lerú also needs to ensure that his technique is up to scratch, in a competition which will not only feature stellar gymnast Kohei Uchimura of Japan, but also other Olympic and World champions.
In the women’s category, Marcia and Yesenia, with less experience in competitions of this caliber, will show the world what they’ve got, as they compete against the cream of the crop, including U.S. representative Simone Biles, who will be the focus of attention during the event.
A total of 408 athletes will be competing in the World Championships, while there will be some 1,048 participants overall, including judges, coaches, medical staff, officials, and guests from over 70 nations, according to the official registration list released by the Intentional Gymnastics Federation.
Argentina, Germany, Canada, China, the United States, France, Britain, Hungary, the Netherlands, Italy, Japan, Russia, South Korea, Chinese Taipei, and Ukraine, will be competing with complete teams (10 gymnasts) on all apparatus.