Cuban track stars win in Austrian leg of Golden League Competition
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- 09 / 14 / 2007
Cuban athletes Dayron Robles, in the 110 meter hurdles, and Yargelis Savigne, the new champion in the triple-jump, dominated their events at the famous track meet of Linz, an Austrian city crossed by the Danube River.
Dayron clocked in at 13:05 seconds, his best race of the year and a new record for the event. The previous record of 13:06 seconds had been held by Austrian Mark McKoy since 1992.
This time, the pupil of Santiago Antunez was followed by Ukranias Seriy Damydyuk (13:22), and Americans David Oliver (13:40) and David Payne (13:51).
Robles, who will compete again on Friday at the Van Damme Memorial in Brussels, Belgium "the fifth leg of the Golden League competition" has shown great consistency during the season. He ran at the impressive time of 13:11 seconds in July, won the same event three weeks later under in rain at the Pan American Games at a time of 13:25, ran twice with times of 13:15 in August, and now has just come closer to the national record of 13:00 in September. With such a resume, it is almost possible to forget that he took no medals in Osaka.
Yargelis Savigne, winner of the world championship with a 15.28 meter leap, as well as the holder of the national record and best mark of the year, was not under pressure this time. He won easily with a 14.73 meter jump.
Although it is still early to say it, Savigne "the excellent pupil of the one-time long-jumper Milan Matos" continues to earn merit to be considered Cubas most outstanding athlete of the year.
Photocaption: Despite the rain, Dayron (right) again edged closer to the national record in Linz. Will he break the 13 seconds mark?
Source: Juventud Rebelde