Cuba in the world of water sports: Julio Calero finishes fourth in Latin America

Julio Calero will also be in the 50m breaststroke. Photo: Calixto N. Llanes/JIT Newspaper.

Although he failed to advance to the next stage of the 100m breaststroke, the debutant Julio Calero finished the test as the fourth best placed in Latin America in that test, an encouraging result facing the continental commitments of Cuban swimming.

The 18-year-old from Sancti Spiritus and debutant in world championships he dominated his qualifying series with a time of 1:04.12, his best record in international tournaments. That result, seen in the general ranking, barely left him in 44th place among the 64 registered swimmers. However, he leaves hope for him after his presence in regional tournaments such as the Central American and Caribbean Games and the Pan American event next year.

Among the representatives of Latin America, ahead of Calero —personal time of 1:03.54— only the Brazilian Felipe Franca (24th-1:01.41), the Honduran Julio Horrego (32nd-1:02.07) and the Bahamian Izaak Bastian ( 42nd-1:03.79). at continental level, only American favorites Nic Fink (2nd-58.81s) and Michael Andrew (3rd-58.96s) ranked higher.

The Dutchman Arno Kamminga (58.69s), subtitled in Tokyo 2020, led the classification. In an event with the titleholder under the five rings absent, Britain’s Adam Peaty, the tanned Nicolo Martineghi (ITA) also advanced, as well as other finalists such as James Wilby (GBR) and Yan Zibei (CHN).

For their part, in artistic swimming, Cubans Andy Manuel Ávila and Carelys Valdés they debuted at a world level in the mixed duet technical routine and there they occupied the thirteenth and last place, with a score of 62.6229. The preliminary round had as leaders pairs from Italy (88.5734), Japan (85.8086) and China (84.8232).

for this sunday Cuba will only have a presence in swimming, where Andrea Becali will try to improve her times in the 100-meter backstroke.

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