Cuba’s 2012 World junior Champion Pedro Pablo Pichardo made a massive improvement when he produced a big personal best and world-leading Triple Jump of 17.69m with his first attempt at a rainy 63rd Barrientos Memorial meeting in Havana on Tuesday (4).
“Competing with (training partner) Ernesto Revé, who has had a very good season so far, was key to achieve this performance. Things came out well despite the unfavourable weather conditions,” reflected Pichardo.
Although he is now in his first year in the senior ranks, he will not turn 20 until 30 June and his performance is the best ever by a teenager, supplanting the 17.68m leapt by his compatriot Yoelbi Quesada as a 19-year-old back in 1993.
Born in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba, Pichardo had become the latest Cuban to join the 17-metre club when he jumped 17.16m on 15 February.
He improved to 17.31m in Havana on 24 May. With his massive jump, he overtook Reve as the number one in the world outdoors in his event this year, the latter, having jumped 17.46m in March, while Reve finished second on this occasion with 17.32m. Third was Franky Veranes with 16.56m.
Both train under Ricardo Ponce’s guidance, the coach who led Yoandri Betanzos to five World Championships medals, both indoors and outdoors.
Mabel Gay, the 2009 IAAF World Championships silver medallist, took the women’s Triple Jump with 14.26m, ahead of Dailenis Alcántara who was second with 14.02m. Yariadna Martínez was third with 13.96m while two-time former World champion Yargelis Savigne was fourth with 13.90.
World and Olympic medallist Yarelis Barrios won the women’s Discus with 63.31m to beat Yaimé Pérez, who threw 62.49m.
Rose Mary Almanza and 2011 Pan American Games gold medallist Andy González ran fast times in 800m with 2:00.13 and 1:45.72 respectively, with 17-year old Sahily Diago second in the women’s race with 2:02.19,
Two-time World Championships medallist Guillermo Martínez threw 79.68m in the Javelin while 2012 World Junior Championships 110m Hurdles winner Yordan O´Farrill who, like his Barcelona team mate Pichardo, is in his first year in the senior ranks, ran a personal best of 13.44 in 110m Hurdles.
Other winners included 2011 Pan American Games champion Omar Cisneros in 400m Hurdles in 50.60 and Roberto Janet threw the Hammer 73.59m.
Also showing good form was World and Olympic Decathlon silver medallist Leonel Suarez, who threw 68.00m in the Javelin with just a five-step run-up.
Javier Clavelo Robinson for the IAAF