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Cuban two-time World Triple Jump Champion Yargelis Savigne has been invited to participate in the annual World Athletics Gala of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), scheduled for November 20th through the 23rd in Monaco.

Sources from the Cuban Athletics Federation told ACN that it is an honor for the Osaka 2007 and Berlin 2009 world champion to attend this meeting as only the top athletes of the year were invited.

Savigne jumped 14.95 meters in the German capital earlier this year to become the only Cuban gold medalist of the Berlin 2009 IAAF World Championships.

Accompanied by her trainer, Milan Matos, the Spain 2008 Indoor world champion will travel on November 17th to Monte Carlo, where the IAAF will announce the Best Male and Female athletes of the year.

Other female athletes invited include Russian pole vault specialist Yelena Isinbayeva, American Sanya Richards (400 meters), New Zealand’s Valerie Vili (Shot Put), Croatian Blanka Vlasic (High Jump) and Polish Anita Wlodarczyk (Hammer Throw).

Meanwhile, among men, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt is the favorite to receive the award. Sources from the Cuban Federation announced that during an extraordinary meeting of the IAAF Council scheduled for Monaco later this month, Cuba will be represented by Alberto Juantorena.

Alberto Juantorena is twice-Olympic champion and IAAF member.

Source: ACN

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