Cuba tops Athletic Championships in Cali, Colombia

HAVANA, Cuba, July 7 (acn) Cuba returned to the top of its region by easily taking the 21st edition of Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Championships that ended at the "Estadio Pedro Grajales" in Cali on July 6, reports. According to the website of the International Association of Athletics Federations http://www.iaaf.org, the Caribbean nation collected a total of 17 gold medals – 9 in the final day – to top the table ahead of Trinidad & Tobago, which produced a remarkable second place – best ever – with 8 victories and a total of 13 medals. Colombia, the host, was third with 6 first places and a total of 24 medals.

Cuban Dayron Robles Sets World Hurdles Record

HAVANA, Cuba, June 12 (acn) Running in his third race of the season, Cuban Dayron Robles set a World record in the 110m Hurdles, clocking 12.87 at the Golden Spike Grand Prix, IAAF World Athletics Tour, in Ostrava, as the official website of the event reported (www.iaaf.org).
Blazing from the start, the 21-year-old runner had forged a commanding lead by the fourth hurdle and never relented. His performance knocked 0.01 seconds from the previous record of 12.88 set by Liu Xiang on 11 July 2007 in Lausanne.

Hay festival: Monty Don returns in revolutionary mood – praise for Cuba's self-sufficiency

Writer, broadcaster and national treasure Monty Don was in revolutionary mood as he made his first public appearance since a stroke led to his retiring as presenter of Gardeners' World.
Of his health, Don said: "I'm fine. I'm recovering well. I can't do regular TV – you know what it's like, 12 hour days – so I am happy to have that burden taken from me at the moment." He stepped down from the BBC television programme six weeks ago.