Cuba, for collecting tickets • Workers

Cuba, for collecting tickets • Workers
Cuba, for collecting tickets • Workers

The Cuban quartets competing in the Bahamas 2024 World Athletics Relay Championships could not get a direct ticket to the Paris Olympic Games this Saturday and will look for tickets in today’s repechages.

The girls of the 4×400. Photo: taken from Jit

The women’s 4×100, made up of Laura Moreira, Jocelyn Echazábal, Yarima García and Yunisleidy de la Caridad García, had the task of opening the Cuban participation and a defect in the last change meant that they did not finish the course, in a race in the that Great Britain (42.33) and the Netherlands (42.88) won the Olympic tickets and a pass to the World Cup final.

Now the Antilleans will have to start today in the second qualifying round in heat 2, where they will face the teams from Chile, Hungary, Liberia, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and Denmark with the obligation to be among the first two places to obtain a quota.

A priori, the task seems complicated, since this season all of these rivals, with the exception of the Danes, have better records.

For its part, the men’s 4×100, with Reynaldo Espinosa, Edel Amores, Yaniel Carrero and Shainer Reginfo, came fourth with exactly 39 seconds in series number four, dominated by Japan (38.10) and China (38.25).

The result places the men in the first qualifying heat of the second round, where they will see difficult rivals such as the Danes, Brazilians, Germans, Swiss or Poles, all with better records this season.

Finally, in the women’s 4×400, an event in which Cuba was the current champion after its spectacular victory in Silesia 2021, Ricardo Molina’s disciples finished third and will not be able to defend the crown.

Melissa Padrón, Rose Mary Almanza, Lisneidy Veitía and Roxana Gómez made their best time of the year, a sterile 3:31.56 against the teams from Ireland (3:24.38), which broke their national record, and Great Britain (3:24.89) who also achieved his mark for the season. In this case, the performance of Roxana Gómez was encouraging, who had an excellent last stretch with 51.21, only surpassed by that of the Irish Sharlene Mawdsley (50.98).

Likewise with the need to qualify for Paris in the play-offs, the Cubans will be in the second series today, and will have to compete with the Portuguese to escort the Netherlands and take the long-awaited ticket to the event under the five rings.

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