Havana, Cuba, May 23.- Cuba will participate from today and until Sunday in the 2019 ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup I based in Poznan, Poland, with five athletes.
The quintet will be led by Serguei Torres and Fernando D. Jorge, multi-medalists in such contests, along with Jose Ramon Pelier and women Mayvihanet Borges and Liliana Naranjo, all coached by Yosniel Dominguez and Nelson Perales.
Torres and Jorge will compete together in the men´s C2 1000 meters, event in which they finished sixth in the Rio 2016 Olympics, and will also do it in the same distance but individually (C1 1000m), as well as Pelier.
Meanwhile, Borges and Naranjo are enrolled in the women´s C2 200 and 500 meters as pair, and the C1 500m individually.
The Pan American Games in Lima, scheduled from next July 26 to August 11, are the main goal of the Cuban canoeists this year, although they will also attend from August 21-25 the World Championships of Szeged, Hungary, which grants tickets to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
In the previous edition of the Pan-American Games, Toronto 2015, Cuba ranked first in the medal table, with six gold, two silver and two bronze medals, escorted by Canada (5-5-4) and Brazil (3-6-5), in that order. (acn)