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Cuba starts to shine in World Championships

Wednesday morning was very rewarding for Cubans taking part at the 2007 World Track and Field Championships in Osaka, Japan.

Dayron Robles and Yoel Hernandez overcame the first round of the 110 meters hurdles, while Sonia Bisset proceeded to the javelin finals and Roxana Diaz moved on to the quarter-finals in the 200 meters.

Dayron got through his group with a time of 13:41 seconds, neck and neck with the current world champion, French Ladji Doucure (13:61). Yoel timed 13:46 and crossed the finish line behind Latvian Stanislavs Olijars (13:38).

The two other favorites, Chinese Olympic monarch Liu Xiang and Americas Terrence Trammel, led their races with times of 13:36 and 13:40, respectively.

Meanwhile, Sonia Bisset, who at 36 is participating in her fifth world championship, classified with a first throw of 60.25 meters, which placed her in eleventh position, even though her throw was below the minimum demanded mark of 61 meters.

Roxana Diaz came in at 23:06 seconds in the 200 meters, and continued at the head of the race «pulled» by Americas Allyson Felix, the defending monarch, who won the heat with a time of 22:50, the best so far.

Diaz, our two-time Pan-Am champion who holds a mark of 22:68 this year, started off better than Felix, but dropped behind midway and needed to make a tremendous effort in the home stretch.

Source: By Francisco Mastrascusa, Juventud Rebelde

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