Some major feats achieved yesterday the Cuban athletes in the thirteenth day of official competitions of the 18th Pan American Games, based in the Peruvian capital city until next Sunday.
At La Videna stadium, Yarisley Silva, 2015 Beijing world champion, won spectacularly the title in women´s pole vault by jumping 4.75 meters, thus relegating American Kathryn Nageotte (4.70) and Canadian Alysha Newman (4.55) to second and third seat respectively.
Another pleasant news of the Cuban athletics came by heptathlonist Adriana Rodriguez, who didn´t believe in the forecasts and became champion of this event by scoring 6.113 points, personal best record of her still short career; she is only 20.
Also in the track, Cuba earned in addition a bronze medal through Zurian Hecheverria in the women´s 400 meters hurdles, and a fourth place by Roxana Gomez (women´s 400m), whilesprinters Reynier Mena and Roberto Skyers (men´s 200m) both qualified to the final.
The Cuban standard-bearer, Greco Roman wrestler Mijain Lopez, also shone by reaching his fifth Pan Am crown and his third in a row without his rivals manage to score a single point.
The women freestyle wrestlers also contributed to the medal table of the delegation with two more medals by Yusneylis Guzman (silver) and Lianna Montero (bronze).
A terrific performance was starred by the men's epee team (Yunior Reytor-Reynier Henriquez-Luis Patterson) when becoming Pan Am monarchs after dramatically defeating Venezuela (43-42) in semifinals and then Argentina (45-33) in the final.
Cuban rowers were also spectacular as Aimee Hernandez and Yariulvis Cobas won the scepter in the women´s double sculls event, while Eduardo Gonzalez, Carlos Ajete, Reidy Cardona and Jesus Rodriguez were runners-up in the men´s coxless four; and Adrian Oquendo and Boris Guerra ranked third in the men´s double sculls.
The judokas from the Caribbean island also earned medals through women Vanessa Godinez (silver) and Nahomis Acosta (bronzes) and man Roberto Almenares (bronze), but the best is yet to come as aces such as Idalys Ortiz, Ivan Silva and Magdiel Estrada haven´t still debuted.
The Cuban delegation finished yesterday fifth in the standings with balance of 23 gold, 17 silver and 20 bronze medals.