It was Copa Cuba 2020 Athletics Meet over the weekend but the spectators were not allowed to enter the Pan-American Stadium in Havanna as Cuba and countries around the world are battling the global coronavirus pandemic.
One of the highlights came in the women’s 800m where Rose Mary Almanza, the Pan American Games silver medalist who opened her season last week with 1:59.38, broke the two-minute barrier twice. First, she clocked 1:58.92 in the semi-finals and later in the final she took the Copa Cuba women’s 800m title in 1:59.05.
In the men’s triple jump three men jumped over 17 meters; Andy Díaz dominated the event with 17.30 meters ahead of Cristian Nápoles (17.18) and Lázaro Martínez (17.08).
In the women’s triple jump Liadagmis Povea managed 14.45 meters to the event over Davisleydis Velazcow who set a new Pb of 14.34 meters for the 2nd place.
Reynier Mena clocked 20.37 seconds in the 200 meters breaking Iván García’s Copa Cuba meet record by 0.03 seconds.
In the men’s 4×100 relay, Reynier Mena, Harlyn Pérez, Roberto Skyers and Arnaldo Romero clocked 38.90 seconds and broke the 39.00 meeting record.
Juan Miguel Echevarría, the 2018 World Indoor Champion, won the men’s long jump in 8.25m. Maikel Massó was second with an 8.08m jump.
In women’s discus throw, Yaimé Pérez, the reigning World champion, defeated Denia Caballero, the silver medalist at last year’s World championships. Pérez prevailed with 64.76m while Caballero took second place with 61.24 meters, respectively.
Zurián Hechavarría clocked 55.89 over 400m hurdles while Adriana Rodríguez scored solid 6304 in the women’s pentathlon.