Athletes from Cuba, Guatemala, Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Venezuela, won medals at the beginning of their 2023 competitions, while other athletes improved their records in preparation for the XXIV Central American and Caribbean Games, San Salvador 2023.
Venezuela was the member country of Centro Caribe Sports with the greatest presence of athletes on different podiums, with three of its athletes, adding one gold medal and two silver medals, followed by Cuba, with one gold medal and one silver medal.
Liadagmis Povea, Leyanis Pérez Hernández, Luis Grijalva, Elaine Thompson-Herah, Rosa Santana, Yorgelis Salazar, Elvismar Rodríguez and Joselyn Brea, are the heorines who exalted the Central American and Caribbean pride during their respective competitions in athletics and karate.
Init Indoor of Germany
Cuba’s Liagdamis Povea and Leyanis Pérez Hernández dominated the triple jump at the Init Indoor Meeting at Messehalle in Germany, winning first and second place in the event.
Povea obtained the highest honor starting the season with a mark of 14.64 meters, escorted by her compatriot Perez, who achieved a valid jump of 14.45m, to start a great year for both athletes.
Champion in Boston
Luis Grijalva of Guatemala, won the Boston University John Thomas Terrier Classic, in the discipline of One Mile, with a time of 3:53.53, starting 2023 in style for the events scheduled for this year.
Five-time Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica dominated the 60 meters at the Queens Grace Invitational with a time of 7.15 seconds.
This is the first event of the year for the world champion, who is expected to compete in the XXIV Central American and Caribbean Games, San Salvador 2023, as well as the World Athletics Championships, Budapest 2023 and the XIX Pan American Games, Santiago 2023.
Venezuela with three medals
Joselyn Brea led the good results of the Venezuelan delegation in the different events that took place during this weekend. On this occasion, Brea was part of the Galician team at the Spanish Field Championships, dominating the Absolute Cross Country with a time of 35 minutes and 36 seconds.
The number one in karate in the -50kg, Yorgelis Salazar, won the silver medal at the Karate 1 Premier League Cairo 2023, first event of the year for the Venezuelan.
Salazar lost in the final against Egypt’s Ahmed Salama Reem.
Elvismar Rodriguez is the runner-up in the -70kg of the Grand Prix Portugal 2023 of Judo, first event of this sport of the year towards the XXIV Central American and Caribbean Games, San Salvador 2023, first step towards the Olympic Games of Paris 2024.
School and national record
Rosa Santana of the Dominican Republic began 2023 by setting a school and national record in the Indoor Shot Put at the New Mexico Open by clearing 17.53 meters.
Santana, who studies at the University of Nevada, conquered the event with this mark. In addition, with this score, the Dominican tied for the fifth best mark in the NCAA.
Other great achievements
Dage Minors of Bermuda, established a personal best and national record, during the Boston University John Thomas Terrier Classic, in the discipline of One Mile, by timing 3:59.35.
With this time, Minors took sixth place in the event in final 2.
The XXIV Central American and Caribbean Games, San Salvador 2023, are scheduled from June 23 to July 8, where the Dominican Republic will be sub-host in canoeing, equestrian, field field hockey, pentathlon, shooting and taekwondo.