Despite the absence of many top athletes, the Barrientis Memorial the stars of which were the young long-jumper Maikel Massó and sprinter Roberto Skyers demonstrated the high international standing of Cuban track and field athletics.
At the event held in Havana’s Pan-American Stadium, Masso registered a personal best and all time under-18 record long-jump of 8.28m.
The 17 year old Masso both automatically qualifiedf or the Rio-2016 Olympics that start August 5 and recorded the best jump of the year in his category.
The result surpasses that of his compatriot Luis Alberto Bueno, who had held the under-18 record since the September 1986 III Ibero-American Championships, held at the Pedro Marerro Stadium in Havana, with an 8.26m jump.
The world juvenile record, standing at 8.35m might well also fall to the Cuban who has time on his side; he has three years and two world championships in the under-20 category to break it.
On the basis of Massa’s form, the long-jump has become one of the principle medal possibilities for Cuba at the World Juveniles in Poland from 19 to 24 July.
Another highlight of the Barrientos was the performance of sprinter Roberto Skyers who made the Rio-2016 Games qualifying mark with a time of 10.11 seconds in one of the semifinals.
Nevertheless, Skyers stated that his primary Olympic objective was the 200m.
The Guadalajara-2011 Pan-American double hectometer champion said that he wanted to focus on the 200m because he had set himself the ambitious target of competing in the final.
Fourth in the Beijing-2015 World Championships and Toronto-2015 Pan-American discus silver medalist and,Yaimé Pérez, also made a good throw of 65.91m.
Amongst the most notable absentees from the Barrientos Memorial were world pole vault and discus champions Yarisley Silva and Denia Caballero, who were competing in Europe as part of their Olympic preparations.
Beijing-2015 gold medalist Silva, won the sixth Diamond League meeting in Birmingham, U.K., with a seasons world best vault of 4.84m.
This Diamond League record breaking result means that Silva is one of Cuba’s great gold hopes for the forthcoming Olympic Games.Share on FB Share on TT