Cuban Track and Field: Lat Am Trump Card in Doha
Robles current Olympic Champion and world record holder in the 110 hurdles (12.87 seconds) has the second best mark of all time in the 60 meter race 7.33 since February 8 2008 in the German meet in Dusseldorf.
He is unbeaten this season with four 60 meter races with the second best result (7.44) of the year while first place belongs to US Terrence Trammel (7.33) sub Olympic champion of the 110 race in Sydney-200 and Athents-2004 and world champion of the indoor 60 meter hurdles race in Lisbon-2001 and Moscow-2006.
However, in the World competition in Valencia-2008 he did not classify for finals standing still at the starting point in the semifinals confusing what could be a false start. The Cuban athlete was born on November 16 1986 in the eastern city of Guantanamo. He knows what it is to win silver in the indoor World meet in Moscow-2006.
Chinese Liu Xiang, Olympic champion of the 110 meter hurdles and world record holder wants to compete against Robles after he recovers from surgery of a tendon to maintain his title obtained in Valencia.
For her part, Savigne, double open air world champion (Tokyo-2007 and Berlin-2009) has her best mark in the indoor campaign in triple jump (14.84 meters) quite a few experts assure her victory in Doha.
If she achieves the crown she would revalidate her victory in Valencia, Spain, where she obtained gold with 15.05.
The Cuban team also includes triple jumper David Giralt, sub champion in Valencia-2008 and Yoandry Betanzos, silver in open air Paris-2003 and Helsinki-2008 and hurdle jumper Anay Tejeda, bronze in Valencia-2008.
Triple jumper Mabel Gray sub world champion in Berlin-2009 and Leonel Suarez, world silver and Olympic bronze in decathlon will also compete and are also included in the eight team heptathlon.
Cuba also registered rowers Misleidis Gonzalez and Mailyn Vargas, long jumper Wilfredo Martinez and racers Willian Collazo (400 meters) and David Lescay (60) and pole jumper Dayron capteillo and hurdle racer Dayron Captillo (60).
Former high jumper Javier Sotomayor, world record holder and manager of the Cubans told the Cuban press that all those chosen are well prepared to reach finals and even may improve performance in Valencia.
In the Spanish competition Cuba won three medals, gold, silver and bronze, and experts expect a new outstanding performance in fourth place historically occupied by the Island in number of medals in these meets, with 14 gold, 13 silver and 11 bronze.
They are only surpassed by the United States (64-53-40=157), Russia (64-51-47=162) and Germany (24-17-26=67).