IAAF official Elio Locatelli informed via email Cuban Athletics Federation President Alberto Juantorena on the selection.
"It is great news. It is a great acknowledgement to Cuban athletics in general" said two-time Olympic champion Juantorena.
Antunez, besides Robles, trained Sydney Olympic champion Anier Garcia, also in the 110 meter hrdles event, as junior world champions Aliuska López, Anay Tejeda, Emilio Valle, Reinaldo Quintero and Yunier Hernández, among others.
When he received the news he said:"It is a result of the Cuban sports movement. I am the second this year. This diostintion was won by Pedro Val in wrestling too. I admire Pedro and respect him"