Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas Voted as Best Female Latin Athlete

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Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas received Wednesday the votes of two Cuban radio stations from the western province of Matanzas, La Voz de la Victoria (Ciénaga de Zapata) and Radio Llanura from the municipality of Colón, that gave their vote in favour of Rojas as Best Female Athlete of the Year 2017 in Latin America.

In the 2017 season, Rojas got a spectacular gold medal in the female triple jump at the World Track and Field Championship in London, reaching 14.91 meters and winning the gold medal for Venezuela.

The young Venezuelan female jumper, born in Caracas, 21 years old, was chosen the Best Female Athlete of 2017 by the National Olympic Commitees Association.

La Voz de La Victoria (Voice of Victory) chose Cuban baseball player Alfredo Despaigne as Best Male Athlete in the annual sports poll by Cuban news agency Prensa Latina to select the best athletes of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Outstanding homerun hitter Alfredo Despaigne had a successful campaign at the Japanese Professional Baseball League, in which he became champion with local baseball team SoftBank Hawks.

He was included in the All-Star team of the Japenese Pacific League as Best Designated Hitter, and was the leader in homeruns and runs batted in.

Radio Llanura de Colón chose Major League Baseball (MLB) second baseman and star Jose Altuve (Venezuela) as Best Male Athlete.

Altuve got the MLB World Series with the Houston Astros and obtained his 3rd Batting Average leading championship (2nd consecutive) in the American League, besides receiving the award to the Most Valuable Player.

As Best Team, La Voz de la Victoria chose the Colombian soccer team, while Radio Llanura de Colón voted for the soccer team of Peru.

So far, Venezuelans José Altuve and Yulimar Rojas lead this annual sports survey of the Latin American news agency Prensa Latina.

Altuve is going ahead in the voting for Best Male Athlete with 8 votes, followed by Argentinean soccer star Lionel Messi who has got three votes.

The Venezuelan triple jump world champion leads the women with 12 ballots, ahead of the Brazilian judoka world champion in the 78 kilograms Mayra Aguiar, who has four votes.

The male soccer team of Brazil is the leader among the Latin American and Caribbean teams, with 11 votes.

This is the 54th edition of the Prensa Latina Annual Survey, whose first winner in 1964 was Cuban sprinter Enrique Figuerola, a silver medalist at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games.

In the previous version of the contest, in 2016, the Colombian female triple jumper Catherine Ibargüen reached the maximum laurels among the ladies and the extraordinary Jamaican male sprinter Usain Bolt monopolized most of the nominations among the males. The Brazilian men's soccer team, Olympic champion in Rio, dominated by teams.

Bolt is the athlete with the most awards conquered in the Prensa Latina Annual Sports Survey, after winning six times (2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016).

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