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Cubans Javier Sotomayor and Ana Fidelia Quirot are honored in Nicaragua

Cubans Javier Sotomayor and Ana Fidelia Quirot are honored in Nicaragua
Former high-altitude jumper Javier Sotomayor and former athlete Ana Fidelia Quirot, two legends of Cuban athletics, were honored today in Managua during an award ceremony for the best in Nicaraguan sports.
Sotomayor, known as the ‘Prince of the Heights’, and Quirot, called the ‘Caribbean Storm’, participated as special guests in a ceremony organized by the Association of Sports Chroniclers of Nicaragua (ACDN), in which the double medalist in judo and sambo, Nicaraguan Sayra Laguna.
“For us it is a pride and satisfaction to receive this recognition,” said Quirot, after receiving a trophy as an outstanding athlete from Cuba.
The event, dedicated to the President of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, who did not attend due to scheduling reasons, was attended by prominent Nicaraguan athletes and their families, sportswriters and coaches, among others.
During the activity, the director of the Nicaraguan Institute of Sports (IND), Marlon Torres, also presented trophies to athletes in school sports, among others, chess, athletics, gymnastics and volleyball.
Likewise, eight Nicaraguan athletes who suffer from some type of disability were recognized and participated successfully in the 2018 Para-Central American Games, held in January in Managua.
In addition, the president of the Nicaraguan Federation of Associated Baseball (Feniba), Nemesio Porras, was awarded as the best sports leader in this country.
Sotomayor, 50, retired from active sport in 2001 and accumulated three world records in his career: 2.33 meters in 1984 (current record for the sub’17 cadet category), 2.43 meters (indoors, 1989) and that of 2.45 (in the open air, 1993, Salamanca), the current universal brand.
He also has two Olympic medals, achieved in Barcelona 1992 (gold) and Sydney 2000 (silver).
Quirot, who in 1989 achieved two World Cup titles, in 400 and 800 meters, was chosen that year as the best female athlete on the planet.
She was also champion of the world athletics world championship in Gothenburg (Sweden) in 1995, in the 800 meters sprint with a time of 1.56 minutes, the best personal mark and record for Cuba, and she won gold in the 1991 Pan American Championship, silver in the World Cup. from Tokyo 1991.
He also has two Olympic medals, achieved in Barcelona 1992 (bronze) and Atlanta 1996 (silver). EFE
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