HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 7 (acn) The crown of Yaime Perez in the women´s discus throw was the best by the Cuban delegation in the eleventh day of competitions of the 18th Pan American Games, running in the Peruvian capital city until next Sunday.
Perez, who heads the world ranking this season, won when reaching 66.58 meters in the final attempt, thus relegating Brazilians Andressa Oliveira (65.98) and Fernanda Borges (62.23) to second and third seats, respectively.
With this result, Perez set a Pan-Am record which belonged to the also Cuban Yarelys Barrios (66.40), dating back from the Guadalajara 2011 edition.
In men´s event, Jorge Fernandez finished fourth, while Adriana Rodriguez ranked sixth in the women´s long jump and the also women Zurian Hecheverria (400m hurdles) and Rose Mary Almanza (800m) both advanced to the finals with convincing performances.
The world multi-medalist Leonel Suarez closed the first day of competitions of decathlon in ninth place with 3.854 points, right behind the also Cuban Briander Rivero (eighth with 3.860).
Cuban fencers performed as expected as Aymara Tablada (women´s sabre) and Humberto Aguilera (men´s foil) only reached the quarterfinals and the round-of-16, in that order.
The Caribbean island also had amazing performances in other sports which are still in the preliminary stages such as the rowing, the Basque pelota, hockey, swimming, women's water polo, men's racquetball, table tennis and sailing.
Thus, Cuba appears seventh in the medal table with 15 gold, 12 silver and 13 bronze medals.