In the best performance of her young career Cuban Yorgelis Rodríguez took the gold medal in the Pan Am Games heptathlon on Saturday, July 25 and set a new record.
The 20-year-old Rodríguez finished with a total score of 6,332 points in the seven events that make up the heptathlon (100-metre hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200-metre run, long jump, javelin and 800-metre run). She blew away the previous Pan American record set by another Cuban, Magalys García (6,290) in Winnipeg ’99.
Rodríguez beat silver medalist Heather Millar of the U.S. by 154 points and bronze medalist Vanesa Spinola of Brazil by 297 points.
The other Cuban who competed in Saturday’s event was Yusleidys Mendieta who placed fifth with a score of 5,860.
With this gold medal, Cuba assumed third place in track and field events with a medal count of 5-2-1, after Canada (12-7-7) and the U.S (11-15-13). Rodríguez’s gold was Cuba’s second of the day after Richer Pérez won the men’s marathon, and with only the men’s 4x100m relay and 50km race walk to go.