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MARÍA CARIDAD COLÓN :

When in the Olympic Games Moskow'80 she became the first Latin-american woman to ever win a gold medal in such a high level competition, a Spanish journalist wrote that that afternoon at the Lenin Stadium, the Cuban seemed a lioness running away from her cage.
That beautiful young brunette woman, in her 22 vigorous years, was able to challenge and defeat, with the first throw of the javelin (68.40 meters), the favorite Ruth Fush, from the former German Democratic Republic.
Being born in Baracoa, in Cuba's easternmost province, she went up very fast from her debut in 1975 and three years after that she won the gold medal (63.40 meters) in the Central American and Caribbean Games of Medellín.
The following year, in the Pan-american Games of San Juan, Puerto Rico, she was also first and established a record for this kind of tournament (62.30 meters).
She started the next Olympic cycle with the gold medal of the Central American and Caribbean Games of Havana in 1982 after the birth of his son Angel Ruslan. In the continental games of Caracas'83 she crowned herself again.
Success was always by her side, and she stills regrets not having been chosen to participate in the Pan-american games Havana'91. She just could not accept it. She was not psychologically prepared to face the inevitable good-bye to javelin. After that she has had several responsibilities in the National Sport Institute (INDER).










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