TRIPLE jumper Jordan Díaz is among the main promises of the 19-strong Cuban delegation to the III Summer Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina, set to compete October 6 through 18.
Díaz, World U18 record holder with a leap of 17.41 meters, Nairobi 2017 World Champion in the same category, and Tampere 2018 World U20 Champion, is the star amid the eight young Cubans set to compete in athletics events.
Others seeking to make it to the top spot of the podium are discus thrower Melany de la Caridad Matheus, who also leads the ranking with a record of 56.79 meters; and long jumper Lester Alcides Lescay, leading the IAAF ranking following a leap of 8.07 meters.
TRACK AND FIELD HOPEFULS
Also competing in athletics are: Alegna Osorio in the hammer throw; Keily Linet Perez in the 100 meters hurdles; triple jumper Zulia Hernández; pole vaulter Rosaidi Robles; and Niesterle Castillo in the shot put.
Combat sports is another discipline with medal contenders. Pan American Junior Champions Yetsy Camila Ramírez (65kg), and Milaimys de la C. Marín (75kg) are the hopefuls in wrestling; while in the case of judokas Nahomys Chas Acosta (52kg) and Kimi Bravo (66kg), both are competing on the basis of their high rankings.
Also representing Cuba are: rowers Alexei Carballosa and Marelis González; archer Hazael Rodríguez; triathletes Alejandro Rodríguez and Niuska Figueredo; and beach volleyball duo Jorge Luis Alayo and Miguel Ángel Ayón; all of whom secured their spots in qualifying events.
ALMOST 4,000 COMPETITORS
The sporting event for young people aged between 14 and 18, will see the participation of 3,998 competitors from 206 countries, with a total of 241 medals in 32 disciplines up for grabs.
In the first edition of these Games, in Singapore 2010, Cuba finished fifth place on the medal table, with nine gold, three silver and two bronze medals. In the second edition, the island placed 35th, with two gold, one silver and one bronze medal.
The Argentine capital will become the center of Olympism this October, as the IOC Executive Committee will meet there on the 3rd and 4th; the first ever Olympism in Action Forum will take place on the 5th and 6th; while the 133rd IOC Session will be held on the 8th and 9th.