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Ismael López Mastrapa: “I Owe Cuba Everything I Know”

ismael(2)_0 Keshorn Walcott and his javelin produced the most unexpected story in the Olympic Games athletics. The Trinitarian transcended as the youngest champion in this discipline when, at the age of 19, he was crowned champion with an 84.58m throw. The title was the second Olympic gold in the history of his native Trinidad and Tobago, and the first in the last 36 years since Hasely Crawford’s 100m victory in Montreal ’76.
In the outstanding performance by Keshorn Walcott, who also won the gold medal at the 2012 World Juvenile Championship, the knowledge of Cuban trainer Ismael López Mastrapa plays a role. The trainer, a native of the eastern province of Holguín, became news due to his pupil¡s relevant performance during the season, and these days he is again focused by the media after being chosen by the North American, Central American and Caribbean Trainers’ Association (NACAC) as best NACAC trainer, a distinction that took him by surprise and so he admitted in his statements, granted via e-mail to this writer.

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