The Dominican Republic competes from this Friday in the Ibero-American Athletics Championship, a contest to which the country has a record delegation of 21 athletes, who will be part of the 502 athletes registered for the occasion.
Within the group of participating athletes, five Dominicans are part of a small group of medalists at the Tokyo Olympics.
In that group are Paulino (runner-up in 400 meters and the 4 × 400 mixed relay), the Cubans Maykel Massó (bronze in length or length) and Yaimé Pérez (bronze in discus), as well as the complete Dominican 4 × 400 mixed relay ( silver), formed by Paulino, Lidio Féliz, Anabel Medina, Alexander Ogando and Luguelin Santos.
Of the 21 Dominican athletes, 11 will go out to compete to qualify for Saturday, while Cristopher Valdez (1:15 pm) and José González (1:20 pm), 100-meter runners, will seek to qualify for the final of that distance, which will be played this Friday at 3:15 pm and 3:25 pm There are six hours difference (ahead) between the Dominican Republic and Spain.
"The Federation has sent an excellent group to the Iberoamerican that has been training and competing at the Olympic Center and at the Isaac Ogando sports complex in Bayaguana," said the president of the Dominican Federation of Athletics Associations, Gerardo Suero Correa.
"As a federation we trust that the boys will do an excellent job and that they will add to those we already have, more tickets for the Oregon World Cup," said Suero Correa, who reported that six individual athletes, three in each branch, have qualified for the World, in addition to the 4 × 400 mixed relay.
Paulino, Féliz and Santos also go out to compete.
The Ibero-American that will be from May 20 to 22 in Alicante, Spain, will be a qualifier for the 2022 World Athletics Championships, which will be from July 15 to 24, at Hayward Field, in Eugene, Oregon and organized by World Athletics ( former International Athletics Federation).
“This is a great opportunity to get more athletes on the Oregon plane. We understand that something good is going to come out of this for the country, apart from what has happened this season,” said José Rubio, one of the coaches of the Dominican delegation.
Total country medals
The country recorded 33 medals in its entire history in this event in 2006, according to the book by athletics historian Arisnel Rodríguez.
None of the athletes who have participated in this event have a record of the event. Juana Arrendel is one of the women who has won the most medals for the country in this classic with three.
"We expect good performances in the relays, as well as in individual events, like our 100, 200 and 400 meter sprinters, both male and female," Rubio said.
The Dominican team is made up of nine men and 12 women, reports the Dominican Federation of Athletics Associations in a press release.
José González and Christopher Valdez will run the 100 meter dash, while Alexander Ogando and Yancarlos Martínez will do it in the 200m. These last two are classified for the Oregon World Championship, as well as Marileidy, Féliz and Fiordaliza Cofil, in the 400 and Ana José Tima in the triple jump.
Féliz and Luguelín Santos will do it in the 400 flat, Ferdy Agramonte will run the 800, Juander Santos and Robert King the 400 hurdles.
González, Valdez, Ogando, Yancarlos and Féliz make up the 4×100 relay, while in 4×400, Féliz, Ogando, Luguelín, King and Agramonte will take to the track.
Marileidy, Anabel, Cofil and Martha Méndez will compete in the main speed tests and will be part of the relays.
The 100 planes will have Méndez and Wilvely Santana as exponents, Anabel Medina will start in the 200, Cofil and Paulino in the 400 smooth, Evelin del Carmen and Franshina Martínez in the 400 with hurdles, Mariana Pérez in 800m, Marisabel Senyú and Catherin Nina in jump high, Ana Tima in triple jump and Rosa Angélica Santana in impulse shot.
Marileidy, Anabel, Cofil and Méndez are the anchors of the 4×100 relay, with Wilvely as a possible substitute.
While the 4×400 has Marileidy, Cofil, Medina, Franshina Martínez as starters and Mariana Pérez as a reserve.