Havana, Oct 27 (Prensa Latina) Cuban female pole vaulter is now heading the list of the Best Female Athlete of the Year for the sports poll of Cuban news agency PRENSA LATINA, choosing the best athletes of the year in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Silva, pole vault record holder at the World Championship in Beijing (China) and two-time Pan American Champion, is taking the votes by Cuban radio station Radio Progreso, French Radio France International and French newspaper Le Marseillese.
Behind Silva, there is Colombian cyclist Mariana Pajón, the queen of the World Cup and at the top of the world’s BMX events (1,620 points), who had the vote of the Venezuelan television station Telesur, first press media to vote this year.
Somewhat less simple behaves the voting by the Best Male Athlete of the Year, exhibiting a tie between the Cuban boxer Julio Cesar la Cruz, Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi and Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, each with one vote.
Radio Progreso favored the Cuban fighter, triple monarch of the world (81 kg), who turned to be this year the best fighter in the AIBA-2015 in recognition of his performance in the Pan American Games in Toronto and excellent contribution in the 5th World Series of Boxing.
Meanwhile, Messi, from Spanish pro team Barcelona, who got the Award for Best Player of the Football Association European Union for the second time in his life, was favoured by Radio France International.
Telesur went on its vote in favour of Bolt, the winner of a golden hat-trick in Beijing, the third of his career and owner of eleven gold medals in planetary events.
In the selection for the Five Most Outstanding Athletes, Colombian female triple jumper Caterine Ibarguen appears in the forefront, as leader of her specialty, gold medal in China, and the Pan American Games in Toronto, with two votes (Telesur and Radio Progreso).
Behind, with a vote, Cuban boxer Lazaro Alvarez, world monarch for the third time in Doha, Qatar; Bolt, Pajón and Cuban discus thrower Denia Caballero, global and continental champion (Radio Progreso).
In addition, there are Julio Cesar la Cruz, Messi, Venezuelan MLB baseball star Miguel Cabrera, first base of the Detroit Tigers, best hitter in the American League; and Jose Altuve, second baseman team for the Houston Astros (Telesur)
The soccer team of Chile (Radio France International); its Venezuelan counterpart on male (m) basketball (Telesur), the male 4X100 relay team representing Jamaica (La Marseillaise) and the Cuban boxing squad, champion in Doha, Qatar, (Radio Progreso) lead the selection for Best Team of the Year, each with one vote.
The Jamaican female 4x100m relay highlights in being chosen as the Best Female Team with the vote of Radio France International.