HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 28 (acn) The high jumper Sergio Mestre achieved personal best of 2.26 meters reaching thus a title that Cuba had not won for 16 years in Central American and Caribbean Games.
At Heriberto Jara Corona stadium and under low temperatures, the Cuban had a luxury advisor in his compatriot and world record holder Javier Sotomayor, who stressed the readiness with which Mestre f aced the challenge.
It was the competition of my life, a smash hit, because I recently recovered from a serious injury and I even thought I could not reach this shape now, Mestre said after failing three times in search of 2.28 meters.
Mestre was escorted by Venezuelan Eure Yanez and Bahamian Ryan Ingraham, both with 2.24 meters.
It is a success I dedicate to our people, to all the persons who supported me and struggle daily with me, like my mom, my uncle, my coach Luis Pinilo and my physiotherapist, who insisted I could do it when I even thought in leaving the sport, he said.
It was an honor to have Sotomayor, who advised and encouraged me from beginning to end, he became one of the things that especially spurred me, Mestre added.