Havana, Jul 8 (EFE) .- The long jumper Juan Miguel Echevarría along with the runner Rose Mary Almanza and Sahily Diago, are the three figures of Cuban athletics that will intervene in the sixth stop of the Diamond League Wanda 2021 that will be will be held in Monaco this weekend.
Echevarría, champion of the world in indoor jumping at Birmingham 2018 and outdoor bronze at Doha 2019, will face the Jamaican Tajay Gayle, gold of the world in Qatar two years ago and winner in the fifth stop of the Diamond League in Stockholm , Sweden, according to the official site of that competition.
The island athlete, one of the figures with medal aspirations in the next Tokyo Olympic Games, won the crown on June 29 at the VIII Castellón Provincial Council Trophy, in Spain, with a jump of 8.38 m, his best mark of the year .
For her part, the half distance runner Rose Mary Almanza, a specialist in the 800 meters, will arrive in Monaco after winning the gold at the Stockholm stop where she achieved a personal record and for the competition of 1: 56.28 minutes.
In that race, the Cuban broke the record of 1: 56.71 minutes that was held by the Mozambican María de Lurdes Mutola, since August 1998.
His colleague Sahily Diago, also a specialist in the 800-meter sprint and the 4 × 400-meter relay, currently has the best time of 2: 01.08 and is considered one of the promising young athletes in athletics on the island.
Echevarría, Almanza and Diago make up the delegation of 69 athletes who will participate for Cuba in the next Tokyo event, including 18 representatives of the athletics disciplines, the one with the largest number of places on the island for the Olympic competition.