Havana, Cuba.- The Athlete of the Year in Cuba, the boxer Andy Cruz, on Tuesday won five votes from Peruvian media to get the same distinction but in Prensa Latina”s Sports Survey.
However, the support from the television stations Latina Canal 2, Sports Channel CMD and ATV, as well as the newspapers El Comercio and Publimetro, is not enough for the 64-kilogram boxer to oust his compatriot, Juan Miguel Echevarría, in the men’s individual category. In addition, Colombia’s Catherine Ibargüen, leader in the women’s section, won three votes to extend her reign to 56, almost half of the 114 media organizations around the world that have voted so far.
Therefore, it is of no use to the Argentinean judoka Paula Pareto to add two more votes to her cause to get 10, but at least she has the consolation prize to go up to the second place.
Meanwhile, the Peruvian soccer team (2) and the Brazilian women’s volleyball team (3) were the elections of this media quintet from Peru.
This way, the communication companies from Peru (22) and Cuba (23) have contributed most their criteria to the traditional PL survey, which this year celebrates its 55th anniversary, as it was first launched in 1964.
The first winner was the Cuban sprinter Enrique Figuerola, silver medalist in the Olympic Games that year in Tokio, Japan.
The world record holder in 100 and 200 meters, Usain Bolt, from Jamaica, is the athlete who has won more times with seven.
The results of the 2018 survey will be announced on Wednesday.