Prensa Latina chooses Yulimar Rojas as Best Regional Athlete | News
The Venezuelan triplet Yulimar Rojas was selected as the Best Athlete in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2021 after closing the 57th edition of the Sports Survey of the Prensa Latina agency on Monday, a poll that also gave the winner in the male branch to the Cuban Greco Mijaín López .
Yulimar Rojas is named Athlete of the Year 2021 in Venezuela
The Venezuelan Rojas is a world and Olympic triple jump record holder in Tokyo 2020 and received 73 votes from the 103 media from 20 countries that participated in the traditional press agency poll, which dates back to 1964.
The Venezuelan athlete, trained by Cuban jumper Iván Pedroso, with a 15.67 m stretch, broke the previous record of the Ukrainian Inessa Kravets of 15.50 m, set 26 years ago, on August 10, 1995 in Gothenburg, Sweden. .
Meanwhile, the star athlete of Greco-Roman Wrestling, Cuban Mijaín López, four times Olympic monarch, won the award for Best Male Athlete at 39 years old and king of the super heavyweight category of Tokyo 2020, who received a total of 41 votes to surpass the Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi, second in the ranking with 19 preferences.
In this way, the Caribbean, also champion under the five rings in the editions of Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio de Janeiro 2016, led the poll for the first time, becoming the second gladiator to achieve such a feat, after the leadership of his compatriot Raúl Cascaret, in 1985.
Thus, he became the only Olympic tetramonarch man, leaving behind the legendary Russian Alexander Karelin, leader in Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992 and Atlanta 1996 before falling in Sydney 2000 against the American Rulon Gardner.
While for collective sports, the Argentine men’s soccer team stood out, which, thanks to Lionel Messi, became champion of the 2021 Copa América, after beating Brazil in the final at the Maracanã stadium itself.