Dayron Robles: a Tale of an Unfinished Olympic Career

Dayron Robles, Cuban Olimpic championDayron Robles, the so called Lord del Guaso, the Olympic champion, ex record holder in the 110 meter hurdles and champion of the Diamond League, has said good bye to his sport life.

Looking at the national and international media, which in a great per cent echoed the news, you will immediately find the prefix ex- referring to him as though he is just part of the past. Of course, this is the term given to a person that changes his condition in a given field of his life.

In sports, many stars leave their carrier with the satisfaction of his medals, titles, fame…but in this case Robles born in Guantanamo left an unfinished career in athletics just in the most important stage of his life, with only 26 years of age and maybe many other conquests ahead.

Recently the current President of athletics in Cuba Jorge Luís Sánchez Jiménez notified to the daily Juventud Rebelde the withdrawal of the Cuban star, news unofficially spread worldwide and continued saying: “The boy is not willing to continue his competitions. We tried to convince him, but he insisted and now he is not member of the Cuban team anymore.”

Disappointments, lack of attention by the Cuban Sports Institute, The continued injuries of the Cuban starhave been engine for withdrawalunheard complaints, several injuries, Arries Merrit breaking his record last September (12, 80), disqualifications, the withdrawal of his coach Santiago Antunez, best in the world in the 100 hurdles…and many other reasons may be involved in the cold notice made by the Cuban sports leader, reasons that now wander in the minds of all Cubans who feel the emptiness left by the island´s best hurdler, who  left a brilliant carrier, worthy to be considered and difficult to summarize:

Dayron Robles Since early age, he registered significant marks in youth events. He was second in the 60 m hurdles in Moscow, and broke the record of Chinese Liu Xian (12, 86) with his 12, 87. He got the best mark of the season (13, 07) in Holland, 2011. That year, in Ostrava, Czech Republic, he won ahead of Jamaican Dwight Thomas (13.24) y el American Terrence Trammell (13.30), Sydney 2000 y Athens 2004 Olympic runner-up  and won Thomas again at the Switzerland Diamond League. He is Beijing 2008 Olympic champion and champion in Pan-American Games. He has also been the best in athletics meetings held in Stuttgart, Turin, Stocolm, Bormingham, Doha …

That brilliant career was just frustrated all of a sudden. The real motives that led the extraordinary athlete to quit are still in the obscure and only the eye and ear witnesses know the true story.

For the moment, our Lord of Guaso, our Olympic Dayron Robles is part of the past, maybe for some sport authorities, but is part of the present for millions of Cubans who jumped from our chairs after every victory, but grieved when an injury, disqualifications, unanswered questions become the engine to take away from the track a unique and International figure.

May this be understood as a red light to check the strategies designed by the Cuban island´s sports authorities regarding athletes, because if we lost a star, we would lose many others, which will never be recovered. A genuine talent is not found at any corner.

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