|Robles: Best Athlete in Central America and the Caribbean in 2010|
|Written by ACN|
|Tuesday, 14 December 2010 10:29|
HAVANA, Cuba.- Cuban Dayron Robles was selected as the best athlete in Central America and the Caribbean in 2010, as announced by the Regional Office of the Central American and Caribbean Athletics Confederation (CACAC).
The title obtained by Robles, Olympic record holder in the 110 meter hurdles in Beijing 2008 and world record holder in the World Indoor Athletics Championship in Doha, were determining factors to tip the balance in his favor and win the important designation.
The willowy steeplechase athlete walked away with the first gold medal in the history of these competitions in the capital of Qatar, after winning by two hundredths over US athlete Terence Trammell (7.34 seconds), and obtaining the second best time of his life and the third
fastest in the history of the 60 meter hurdles.
With this performance, Robles beat other strong candidates, like Jamaicans Usain Bolt,
world leader in the 200 meters with 19.56 seconds, and Asafa Powell and Nesta Carter, owners of the 9.78-second mark in the hundred meters dash.
The athlete, from eastern Guantanamo province who was away from competitions due to injuries, has resumed training and is now getting ready to compete in the Pan-American Games of Guadalajara and the World Championship in Taegu, among his main commitments for 2011.
Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown, the summer queen in the 200 meters in the Chinese capital, had no difficulties to win the appointment in the women's category.
She won in the 60 meters in Doha, another medal in her career, which now includes nine Olympic and World medals, in addition to the titles in the Junior and Youth categories in 1999 and 2000, respectively.
Excelling among the novice were Kirani James from Grenada (400 meters) and Cuban triple jumper Dainelis.