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Decathlete Leonel Suarez Fajardo, a world silver medal winner, and rower Yolaine Domínguez Cedeño, a winner of three ALBA Games titles and seventh in the world rank, were chosen as the best athletes of the year in Holguín province.

The announcement was made after a meeting held at the "Calixto García" Stadium, during which baseball player Lerys Aguilera and softball player Yarisleydis Rosario also were chosen as best athletes in team sports.

Roberto Carlos Gómez Ledo, who had won three standards as International Master at the Spanish circuit, was elected as the rookie of the year.

Tennis player Yanelis Silva and Norge Zaldivar were chosen as best athletes with disabilities.

The best team sport was the women's softball team, second in the national first-class, among other awards.

Pedro Tellez of Water Polo was the best coach of 2009 while the best national referee went to Argelio Prats, of chess.

Luis  Avila came out as best international referee in cycling, while Reynerio Castellanos was chosen as best physical education teacher.

Judoka Yunisleydis Borrego, with 2 gold medals and 4 silver medals in several competitions, was chosen as most outstanding junior athlete.

Rene Perez Gonzalez, sports director in Holguin, said winners of the best athlete of the year award are expected to receive their titles during a formal ceremony scheduled for December 28 to 29.


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