Cuba for Matching Performance in World Athletics Championships

Cuba for Matching Performance in World Athletics Championships Daegu, South Korea, Aug 26. – Cuba plans to match or improve its performance in the Athletics Championships of Berlin-2009 in the upcoming event to be held in Daegu, South Korea, said the head of the Cuban delegation, former high jumper Alberto Juantorena.

"We are in Daegu now, and the competition is approaching. Our objective here is to try match or improve results of the past World Championships," he told journalists.

In the German event, the Cuban delegation pocketed six medals, matching its previous record.

"We trust our athletes, their good training, the work we have been carrying out and their qualities, so we feel optimistic and want to show our team's worth in the tracks," he said.

Sotomayor would rather highlight the high collective level of the Cuban delegation rather than talk about individual figures of the delegation like Dayron Robles (110 meters hurdles) or Yargelis Savigne (triple jump). "We have several athletes with great potentials for a good performance. It is no time for forecast, but rather for waiting for results," he said.

Cuba accumulates 45 medals, including 18 gold, in World Athletics Championships, started in Helsinki in 1983.

In Berlin 2009, the six medals pocketed by Cuba, including one Savigne's gold, led Cuba to rank 12th in the final medal table.(Prensa Latina)