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Dayron Robles and Mijain Lopez: Best Cuban Sportsmen in 2008
In the women's category, the recognition went to judoka Yalennis Castillo, Olympic runner-up in the 78 Kg class.

Baseball player Alexei Bell and volleyball player Yumilka Ruiz were the most outstanding sportspersons in collective disciplines, while decathlon athlete Leonel Suarez was named the best beginner of this year.

INDER's survey also recognized the results of the Cuban baseball team which won the majority of votes as the best team and collective sports. Boxing was selected the best individual sports.

The best 10 sportspersons of the year were Yarelis Barrios and Yipsi Moreno (athletics), Yoanka Gonzalez (cycling), Leinier Dominguez (chess), Carlos Banteux, Yankiel Leon and Emilio Correa (boxing), Yanet Bermoy and Anaisis Hernandez (judo) and Eglys Cruz (shooting).

Erick Hernandez, in ball control, and athlete Yunidis Castillo, were the most outstanding in special sports and for the physically impaired, respectively, while the best national and international referees were Juan Ramon Milan Ponce and Alejandro Barriendo Martinez, both in boxing.

A physical education teacher, Idalmis Lopez Rodriguez, from a primary school in Havana's municipality of Guines was selected as the best teacher.

The rest of the Olympic and Paralympic medalists that included the disciplines of athletics, boxing, judo and baseball were also recognized.

(Juventud Rebelde)

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