Havana, Nov 6 (Prensa Latina) Cuban athletes Mijain Lopez and Idalys Ortiz added another vote Thursday, and now, they are heading the sports poll of the Cuban news agency Prensa Latina to select the best athletes of 2014.
Mijain Lopez, who won his 5th world title in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in September, received the vote by Cuban radio station Radio Progreso as Best Male Athlete of the Year. Now the Cuban super heavy wrestler, two-time Olympic Champion, reached four votes and is leading the poll.
Radio Progreso also gave Idalys Ortiz its vote for Best Female Athlete. Ortiz got her 2nd world title in the 78 kilogram category in the 30th World Judo Championship, and now heads the poll with three votes in favour, together with Colombian female triple jumper Catherine Ibarguen, who was undefeated along the year 2014 in competition, after winning the Diamond League, with six wins in six presentations, getting the vote from Cuban local radio station La Voz de la Victoria (The Voice of Victory, Matanzas, Cuba) which voted for Lionel Messi (soccer, Argentina) as Best Male Athlete.
Talking about teams Radio Progreso voted for the Brazilian women’s volleyball team, gold medal at the Grand Prix and third place in the world.
While The Voice of Victory selected the Domadores (Wranglers) of Cuba, winners of the World Series of Boxing IV, so both teams came up to three votes.
Among the most prominent athletes of the year, Radio Progreso leaned on Messi, Venezuelan baseball player Pablo Sandoval, Brazilian pole vaulter Fabiana Murer, Panamanian Alonso Edwards and Ibargüen.
Meanwhile, The Voice of Victory opted for Cuban chess Great Master Leinier Dominguez, Ortiz, Murer, Edwards and Cuban boxer Erislandy Savon.
The 51st Prensa Latina Poll Sports to choose the best athletes in Latin America and the Caribbean will close the upcoming December 21 and results will be announced on Monday 22.
The same can be open to all media in the world and the votes will be received via e [email protected]