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The 59th Edition of Prensa Latina’s Sports Survey Opens to All Media

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The media, in all its variants — radio, television, written press, new agencies, websites — will send their selections to deportes@prensa-latina.cu, from where the general voting will be compiled.

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The deadline to submit the ballots will be December 21, and the results will be announced at a press conference at Prensa Latina’s headquarters one day later.
The deadline to submit the ballots will be December 21, and the results will be announced at a press conference at Prensa Latina’s headquarters one day later.

From Prensa Latina

Special to NNPA Newswire

The 59th edition of Prensa Latina’s Sports Survey opened on Thursday to choose the best athletes and teams from Latin America and the Caribbean in 2023.

Starting today, world media will be able to cast their votes in three categories: Best Male Athlete, Best Female Athlete and Best Team.

The deadline to submit the ballots will be December 21, and the results will be announced at a press conference at Prensa Latina’s headquarters one day later.

The media, in all its variants — radio, television, written press, new agencies, websites — will send their selections to deportes@prensa-latina.cu, from where the general voting will be compiled.

All media included in Prensa Latina’s Sports Survey will vote on equal terms and will choose any athlete from Latin America and the Caribbean (even if they do not appear on the list with proposals).

It is worth noting that this survey was first held in 1964, and the first winner was the Cuban sprinter, Enrique Figuerola.

Among men, the top winner is the mythical Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt (6), followed by the Cuban Prince of Heights, Javier Sotomayor (5), while among women the legendary Colombian jumper Caterine Ibargüen (5) is the holder of most titles.

Below are proposals put together by Prensa Latina’s Sports editorial staff, with several of the most dazzling athletes in the 2023 campaign:

Athletics:

  • Yulimar Rojas (Venezuela): World Champion in Budapest and holder of the Diamond League, in the triple jump.
  • Shericka Jackson (Jamaica): World champion in the 200 meters in Budapest. Champion in the 100 and 200 meters in the Diamond League.
  • Marileidy Paulino (Dominican Republic): World champion in the 400 meters in Budapest. Diamond League titleholder in the same specialty. Titular in the Pan American Games of Santiago, in 200 meters and mixed 4×400 relay.

Danielle Williams (Jamaica): World champion in the 100-meter hurdles in Budapest.

  • Antonio Watson (Jamaica): World champion in the 400 meters in Budapest.

Baseball:

  • Ronald Acuña (Venezuela): Most Valuable Player of the National League of the Major Leagues of the United States. Implanted an unprecedented mark for these lides, after becoming the first batter of all time to connect more than 40 homers (41) and steal more than 70 bases (73).

Artistic gymnastics:

  • Rebeca Andrade (Brazil): World champion on vault horse in Antwerp, in addition to three silver medals and one bronze medal at that orb event. Two-time starter at the Pan American Games in Santiago 2023.

Wrestling:

  • Luis Orta (Cuba): World champion in Belgrade. Monarch at the Pan American Games of Santiago 2023. Titleholder at the Central Caribbean Games of San Salvador 2023.
  • Gabriel Rosillo (Cuba): World Champion in Belgrade.

Canoeing

  • Yarisleidis Cirilo (Cuba): World Champion in Duisburg, Germany. Monarch at the Pan American Games in Santiago de Chile 2023.

Rowing:

  • Kenia Lechuga (Mexico): World runner-up in Belgrade 2023.

Weightlifting:

  • Natalia Llamosa (Colombia): World champion in Riyadh. Champion at the Central Caribbean Games in San Salvador 2023.
  • Angie Palacios (Ecuador): Champion at the Pan American Games in Santiago 2023. Silver at the World Cup in Riyadh.
  • Keydomar Vallenilla (Venezuela): Champion at the Pan American Games of Santiago 2023. Bronze at the World Cup in Riyadh.

Water sports:

  • Omar Olvera (Mexico): Three-time champion in diving at the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games. Two-time silver medalist at the Fukuoka World Cup.

Taekwondo:

  • Carlos Sansores (Mexico): Pan American champion at Santiago 2023. Runner-up at the Baku World Championship.

Collective team proposals:

  • Soccer-Fluminense (Brazil): Champion of the Copa Libertadores de America for the first time in history.
  • Soccer-Mexico: Gold Cup champion.

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