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  • Discus thrower Yaime Perez has defected to the US

    The winner of the World Athletics Championships in Doha 2019 and champion of the Pan American Games in Lima, Yaimé Pérez, left the Cuban delegation that attended the World Championships in the United States. Her intentions are to defect to the US.

    Close sources have confirmed the decision in recent hours of the award-winning athlete specialized in the discus throw, who was returning after her seventh place in the World Championships in Eugene.
    Last edited by TWalsh; 07-26-2022, 08:42 PM.

  • #2
    Whoa! I wish her well.
    You there, on the motorbike! Sell me one of your melons!

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    • #3
      Is this the first Cuban athlete to defect to the US?
      They've gone to European countries, but here also??
      Is she going to become a citizen?
      When would she be eligible to make a US team?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by aaronk View Post
        Is this the first Cuban athlete to defect to the US?
        I'm sure there are others but most recently there was pole vaulter Daylis Caballero Vega.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by aaronk View Post
          Is this the first Cuban athlete to defect to the US?
          They've gone to European countries, but here also??
          Is she going to become a citizen?
          When would she be eligible to make a US team?
          Puerto Rico might be a possibility if not the mainland U.S.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by aaronk View Post
            Is this the first Cuban athlete to defect to the US?
            Many, many Cuban baseball and soccer players have defected to the USA.
            Last edited by Davidokun; 07-27-2022, 11:05 PM. Reason: Elaborating for clarity

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Davidokun View Post

              Many, many Cuban baseball and soccer players have defected to the USA.
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              Sorry--should have said "T&F" athlete, not just "athlete"!

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              • #8
                ...and Yipsi Moreno just got booted from her role as Cuban "athletics commissioner"

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                • #9
                  I asked this on another thread. Does anyone know why Perez has a nickname "The Russian"?

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                  • #10
                    https://www.instagram.com/p/CiCmGmaMyts/?hl=en
                    My Spanish isn't so good, but I think the gist is that Yaime is back practicing and manifesting love. Also that ghost-faced guy looks familiar!

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