Havana, May 31. – If prices of gold skyrocketed in recent months, gold medals for the 2012 Olympic Games in London went to stratospheric heights, an idea that encourages Cuban discus thrower Yarelys Barrios.
"I like challenges and I am convinced that the gold medal in London will be for somebody who could get in better shape, but also who has the determination to succeed," Barrios told Prensa Latina just a few hours before attending an athletics event in the city of Eugene, in the United States, on Saturday.
After recently receiving the annual prize of the International Sports Press Association (AIPS), the sportswoman originally from the western province of Pinar del Rio on Sunday threw 62.76 meters in this capital.
Despite being far from her personal best record (68.03 meters) achieved in March, the also silver medalist in Beijing-2008, silver in world championships in 2007 and 2009, and bronze in 2011, said that has just arrived at the crucial moment in her preparation.
"I hope to recover soon throws of 65 or 66 meters after two weeks of special training. The competition of Eugene and on June 7 in Oslo will test me while facing the most dangerous opponents," she said.
The also Pan American champion in Guadalajara, Mexico, and Cuba's Best Athlete in 2011, pointed out that her weight is well and she is currently strengthening the muscle mass.
After Oslo, she will continue in Europe to complete her preparation to be ready for London. Moreover, Barrios highlighted to be confident about this goal, though stressing it will be a very hard-fought contest, which is usual at the Olympics.(Prensa Latina)