Cuba’s world and Pan-American titleholder, the polevaulter Yarisley Silva, said she hopes to jump higher than five meters in the upcoming season.
“I was able to beat the five meter mark during training this year, and I’m seriously considering accomplishing that goal. I think I will be ready to jump five meters in the next season,” she told The Havana Reporter.
“I always have my sights set on winning; I’m always positive and focus all my strength on victory. This has awarded me with excellent results, “Silva added.
The Cuban pole-vaulter is currently immersed in the general training period, which is “the most important phase because one accumulates the strength needed for the competition. I feel good, both physical and psychologically,” she noted.
Her highest aspiration now is to win the gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Though she is highly aware of the huge potentialities of her rivals -Brazilian Fabiana Murer, Greek Nicoleta Kyriakopoulou and U.S. Jennifer Suhr, among others- Silva thinks she could climb to the top of the podium.
“I won the silver medal at the 2012 Olympics in London with 4.75 meters, but I dream of winning the gold and I´m training hard for it, “said the 28-year-old athlete from Pinar del Rio, Cuba’s westernmost province.
Silva considers herself to be a mature athlete “because I have been able to overcome some psychological issues; therefore, I’m more self-assured now.”
On August 2 this year, the world champion broke her personal record in the German city of Beckum by jumping 4.91 meters, which has earned her first place on the world ranking.
Upon the moment of jumping she thinks of nothing but the technique, because “being completely focused is fundamental to being able to win. I study the elements for the jump to be able to beat the desired height,” Silva commented.
The Cuban athlete said that she never imagined jumping that high or being placed in the world ranking.
“It was always a dream. I was very surprised when I jumped 4.90 meters and won the gold medal in Beijing. I could not believe it. Everything has happened so fast…but I have realized that when you train hard, there come great achievements that make you set your sights on new challenges,” she concluded.Share on FB Share on TT