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Brazilian athlete Jadel Gregorio said he will return to Cuba in April of next year with the same objective, highlighting that the islands techniques are among the best in the world.

"Im my main rival; I think a lot about what I can achieve, although I feel respect for the rest of the competitors, " said Brazilian Jadel Gregorio, world runner-up champ in the triple jump (17.59 meters), who was training at the Pan-American Stadium in Havana this past week.

The world ranking leader of the specialty in 2007, with jump of 17.90 meters, said that he will return to Havana in April of next year with the identical objectives. "Here I have good friends; and if I didn't come before, it was because on those two occasions that I had planned to, my wife Samara became pregnant. Thats why if I am here now, its because I only have two children," he explained smiling.

The tall, brown-skinned 27 year old athlete recognizes that he needs to work more on technical aspects of the sport, mainly on his second jump, but also on the sprint to the jump. Gregorio, the Pan-American king with a 17.27 leap in Rio de Janeiro, commented that he works with Peter Stanley, the trainer of the celebrated British athlete Jonathan Edwards, "but as for technique, the Cubans have no rivals."

Gregorio also said that he had not planned his previous competitions well; adding that in 2008 there will be only five or six meets before competing in Beijing. He commented also that he would not go to the indoor World Cup, scheduled for March in Valencia, Spain.

"I should have jumped farther than the 17.90 leap in May of this year in Brazil. I believe that Im in condition to exceed 18 meters. For the time being, though, Im only thinking about training - later Ill think about medals."
Cuban athletics focus on Beijing

Cuban athletics has begun to seriously prepare for the 2008 games in Beijing. A total of 33 athletes, from the 40 pre-selected, have already reached the minimum times required by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF).

The track of the Pan-American Stadium is in poor condition and the work to replace it must conclude in December. Therefore, it has been decided to establish training camps in Guatemala and Guadalupe, both up to the end of January.

Cuban high, long and triple jumpers and throwers are scheduled to leave for Guatemala on December 6.

Meanwhile, Cuban sprinters "led by 110 hurdler Dayron Robles" will leave for Guadalupe on December 16.

In January and February, nearly 15 athletes "led by Dayron himself and triple jumper Yargelis Savigne, world monarch in Osaka 2007" will begin the last part of their preparation for the indoor World Championship.

Dayron Robles and Yargelis Savigne were nominated as the best athletes in Cuban track and field in 2007. Discus thrower Yarelis Barrios was the rookie athlete with best performances, along with Yordani García and Aimee Martínez, in the youth categories.

The ten most outstanding athletes of 2007 were Yipsi Moreno, Yarelis Barrios, Yeimer López, Víctor Moya, Mariela González, Roxana Díaz, Misleidys González, Osleidys Menéndez, Osniel Tosca and Sonia Bicet.
(Juventud Rebelde)

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