Havana, Cuba, Dec 13.- Pole vaulter Yarisley Silva and boxer Julio César La Cruz were chosen as best athletes of individual sports in Cuba in 2017, in women´s and men´s categories respectively, in a meeting that took place at Havana´s Sports City Coliseum.
The same honor, but in team sports, went to beach volleyball player Lidiannys Echevarria and ballplayer Alfredo Despaigne, according to the votes of the National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (INDER by its Spanish acronym) and the specialized press.
The prize to the most outstanding team was granted to the Cuba Domadores boxing squad.
Boxing deserved the award as best individual sport, and the also boxer Andy Cruz earned the condition of rookie of the year, while volleyball won the distinction of best team sport.
Boxers Erislandy Savon, Yosvany Veitia, Yohanny Argilagos and Roniel Iglesias led, in that order, the top 10 list, followed by cyclist Arlenis Sierra, gymnast Manrique Larduet, rower Angel Fournier, boxer Lazaro Alvarez, cyclist Marlies Mejias and wrestler Oscar Pino.
Special mentions were received by canoeists Serguey Torres and Fernando Dayan Jorge, judokas Kaliema Antomarchi, Idalis Ortiz and Alex Garcia; and westlers Alejandro Valdes and Yowlys Bonne, as well as a special recognition to the also wrestler Mijain Lopez.
In the category of physical education teacher, the winner was Ceidel Torres, from Mayabeque province; while Raal Rojas (athletics) and Jorge Niebla (baseball) were the best national and international referees, in that order.
Erick Hernandez and Jhoen Lefont, both in ball control, excelled in special sports, the last one with a mention.
The prizewinners among disabled athletes were Omara Durand (most prominent), escorted by Suslaidis Giralt and Luis Felipe Gutierrez, in all cases in the sport of athletics.
Finally, the awards in the junior category went to the girl Marileysis Duarthe and Jordan Diaz (boy), from athletics both, while the top 10 list was led by Lianna de la Caridad Montero and Yudari Sanchez (both wrestlers), followed by Miguel Angel Lopez (volleyball), José Ramon Pelier (canoeing), Miguel David Gutierrez (volleyball), Osniel Melgarejo (volleyball), Adrian Goide (volleyball), Liliana Naranjo (canoeing), Javier Octavio Concepcion (volleyball) and Juan Carlos Nuñez (canoeing), in that order. (acn)