World and Olympic medallist Yarelis Barrios unleashed a massive personal best of 68.03m to provide the highlight of the Cuban National Championships, held over the weekend (March 22-24) at Havana´s Estadio Panamericano.
Twice world medallist Guillermo Martinez challenged a strong wind and threw the Javelin to 82.72, while Yipsi Moreno (73.50m) and Roberto Janet (77.08m) also produced fine performances in the Hammer.
Other top athletes, including 110m Olympic champion and World record holder Dayron Robles, Alexis Copello and Yargelis Savigne skipped the competition to focus on their Olympic preparation.
In her third outing of the season Barrios gave it all on her first attempt and followed with two 60-metre efforts and three fouls.
“This huge result shows I am on the right path. I have been on the podium at the major championships since 2007, but gold is missing. I am working hard to win that elusive color in London before starting a family,” said a smiling Barrios, who became the fifth Cuban to join the 68-metre club.
CAC Champion and Daegu finalist Denis Caballero, who had improved her personal best by over two and a half meters (65.60m) two weeks earlier, was second with a respectable 64.82m, ahead of Yaimé Perez (62.27m). The men´s title went to Pan American Games champion and Daegu finalist Jorge Fernandez (64.14m).
Barrios now ranks second on the 2012 world lists behind Germany’s world silver medallist Nadine Muller, who threw 68.89m on 18 March, the farthest throw in seven years.
The throwers produced other notable marks. World and Olympic medallist Yipsi Moreno threw the hammer to 73.50m, a competition record, while Roberto Janet moved second on the all-time national lists with a 77.08m toss.
Facing a strong wind, twice World Javelin medallist Guillermo Martinez threw a season´s best of 82.72m and had two other rounds over 82 metres. Yanet Cruz won the women´s event (62.75m).
Carlos Veliz dominated the Shot Put with a Championships Record of 20.50m. Former World and Olympic finalist Misleydis Gonzalez (18.51m) earned the top honours among women.
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