Matanzas, Cuba, Nov 9 (Prensa Latina) Judoca Idalys Ortiz and baseball player Yurisbel Gracial, added the votes of the station La Voz de la Victoria (RVV), in the survey of Prensa Latina to choose the best athletes of the year in Latin America .
In that poll, the discologist Yaime Perez and the boxer Andy Cruz, conquered in the same categories the vote of Radio Plain of Columbus (RLLC).
Both radial media belong, respectively, to the municipalities Cienaga de Zapata (south) and Colon (center / east) of the western province of Matanzas.
The Cuban Ortiz, is first in the world rankings, won this year the Grand Slam of Paris and Dusseldorf, the Grand Prix of Mongolia, the continental championship and the Pan American Games, both held in Lima, and in total accumulates 26 successes and only two defeats .
Another Cuban, Yaime Perez, led the Diamond League for the second consecutive year, and also won the Pan American Games in Lima and the Doha World Championship.
Andy Cruz was champion of the 63 kilograms in the World Championship in Yekaterinburg, Russia, and the 64 kilos in the Pan American Games in Lima, and is considered by many experts as the best boxer in Cuba today.
Gracial, also from Cuba, was named champion of the Japan Professional Baseball League, with the Softbank Falcons, and was chosen as the Most Valuable Player of the 2019 Final Series.
As for the most prominent groups this year, Llanura de Colon chose the Argentina futsal team, while La Voz de la Victoria preferred the Brazilian volleyball team.
Among the top five the various media chose Yulimar Rojas athletics, Venezuela), Leonel Messi (football, Argentina), Leidy Solis (weights, Colombia), Juan Soto (baseball, Dominican Republic), Ismael Borrero (fight, Cuba), Rafael Alba (taekwondo, Cuba) and Mijain Lopez (lucha, Cuba).
The 56th edition of the annual Latin Press survey will close on December 18 and one day later the winners will be announced.
The Cuban sprinter Enrique Figuerola was the first winner of this inquiry, after his silver medal at the Olympic Games in Tokyo 1964, in the 100 meters flat, male version.
The highest winners are the Colombian tripler Caterine Ibarguen, and the Jamaican coach Usain Bolt, each with six prizes.