The Dominica Olympic Committee (DOC) has described as “encouraging and excellent” the performances of three Dominicans who represented the country at the the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) Festival in Mexico City on August 15 and 16, 2014.
The athletes are David Registe (Long Jump), Erison Hurtault (400m) and Yordanys Duranona Garcia (Triple Jump).
David Registe secured gold with progressive jumps of 8.04 meters followed by 8.06 meters on Saturday, August 15, a release from the DOC states. According to the DOC, this performance was a life time best for the Alaska based Dominican-born athlete who got to 8 meters for the first time and established a national record in the process. Former Dominican Olympian runner, Erison Hurtault, who is also based in the US, “narrowly placed 9th in 400 meters” and did not compete in the finals, the DOC goes on to state in the release. It adds that Garcia (a Cuban who’s married to a Dominican), smashed the Festival’s record in Triple Jump on Sunday, August 16 with a “Gold Record performance” of 17.20 meters.
The Dominica team placed 9th overall out of a reported 35 countries from the Americas and the Caribbean which participated in the Pan Am Games.
The athletes were “ably assisted” by Coach Rafael Echavarria (personal coach of David Registe) a qualified coach who, the DOC says, has assisted Dominica over the past six years.
“The Dominica Olympic Committee and its affiliate, the Dominica Amateur Athletics Association, applaud the progressive development of our athletes as we prepare for the Toronto 2015 PAN AM and RIO 2016 Olympic Games. Go Dominica go!” concludes the release from the DOC.