Cuban gladiators Reineris Andreu (57 kg), Yurieski Torreblanca (86 kg), and Milaymis Marin (76 kg), are scheduled to participate in the world pre-Olympic wrestling tournament, to be held in Sofia, Bulgaria, May 6-9.
These three freestyle wrestlers will compete in the important event with the goal of winning one of the two places granted by each division to this summer’s Olympic Games, a task that will not be easy but achievable.
Thirty-two-year-old Yurieski Torreblanca —the most experienced of the group—, has been trained in several level competitions, and although he does not have any world medal, the title at the Pan American Games in Lima 2019 is a not insignificant reference, to which he joins two championships in continental wrestling tournaments.
Reineris Andreu, who has already won two gold medals in universal competitions for the under-23 age group, has become one of the references of his generation in the 57 kg, and has accumulated experience in major events that have made him feel comfortable at only 23 years of age.
For her part, Milaymi Marin, being only in her twenties, can be considered a “rough diamond” progressively showing more and more success with impressive results in her category. She began to show signs of her conditions in the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires 2018. She also won the crowns at the World Youth and Under 23 World Championships in 2019, which ratify her as a high quality gladiator.
So far, Cuba has secured 12 places for Tokyo: six in Greco-Roman, three male wrestlers and the same number of female wrestlers, so if everything goes well, it could guarantee the presence of 15 wrestlers in Japan.
(With information from ACN)