Shainer Reginfo will have more options to lower his heights in the winter season.
Photo: World Athletics.
Shainer Reginfo's second place in the 60-meter dash and Keily Linet Pérez's third in the same distance, but with hurdles, during the Ciudad de Valencia international meeting, represented the debut of Cuban athletics in the winter season.
In an event that is part of the World Indoor Athletics Circuit, Reginfo reached the finish line with a time of 6.71 s, only behind the Spanish Sergio López, who ultimately won with a time of 6.70 s.
Reginfo advanced to the decisive race thanks to a best mark of 6.64 s in the semifinals.
That record was enough for him to lead the registered and incidentally place his name, in his first indoor race, in the tenth position among the fastest Cubans in the history of this event.
Meanwhile, Keily Linet Pérez finished third in the 60 meter hurdles, with a time of 8.52 s lower than what she achieved a little earlier in the semifinals.
Ahead of the Antilles came the locals Paula Blanquer (8.29 s) and Elba Parmo (8.43 s).
Keily Linet Pérez also had her indoor debut.
Photo: Milan Ruzic/File.
During the semifinals of that test, the West Indian had commanded not only her qualifying heat but also all those registered, this time with an acceptable time of 8.31s for her first indoor race.
However, that record represents her personal milestone from today and helps her start an indoor season where the main challenge for her, as well as for Shainer, lies in gaining competitive experience.
As announced by the Cuban Athletics Federation, the next appearance of Cuban athletes on the winter tour should take place on January 27 in the German town of Karlsruhe.
There, triplists Liadagmis Povea and Leyanis Pérez will compete at the start of the gold level of the World Indoor Tour, the world's main indoor circuit.
For this year, Cuban athletics has as its main challenges the World Championships, both indoors and outdoors, as well as the Central American and Pan American Games and the Diamond League circuit.
Triple jumpers Lázaro Martínez and Cristian Nápoles, hurdler Greysis Robles, long jumper Maykel Massó and height specialist Luis Zayas must also compete in the current reverse tour.