Yaime Perez and Denia Caballero beat Sandra Perkovic at IAAF World Champs in Doha

Cuba took gold and silver in the women’s discus on Friday night in Doha as Yaime Perez threw 69.17m to beat Denia Caballero with Croatia’s Sandra Perkovic third.

In a competition that saw Perez and Caballero exchange the lead several times, Caballero threw 68.44m as defending champion Perkovic managed 66.72m in the first round.

“I’m very happy that I made it to the podium,” said Perez, 28, winner of the Diamond League trophy this year. “It was difficult but I’m very proud that I won.”

Perkovic showed great sportsmanship afterwards, saying: “We are all good throwers. Yaime threw 69m which is an amazing throw and she was the best this entire season while Denia was second best and I was the third. So we finished in the order we deserved to. We are fighting every year and all supporting each other.”

What are the secrets of Cuban discus throwing? “There are no secrets,” said Perez, “we have great coaches and work really hard and that’s why we always have great results and I want to thank the directors and managers who support us.”

Caballero added: “We are the best and always throw with our hearts and this makes us excel.”

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