HAVANA (CUB, May 8): Cuban Pedro Pablo Pichardo achieved at the open meet at Estadio Panamericano new national record and world leading 17.94 (0.0) in triple jump. He also had in series 17.34 and 17.52 and improved the mark of Yoelbi Quesada 17.85 from 1997. Junior talent Lazaro Martinez was second 16.73. Another top improvement in women discus, Denia Caballero to 67.87 m. Roberto Janet achieved personal best 77.14 in hammer what is Beijing standard and Lazaro Borges cleared 520 in the pole vault. “I knew it was good, expected more 17.50, but not such a big leap, considering I had a year without jumping I lacked a bit of rhythm,” Pichardo told Radio Havana Cuba. He also added: “I’m still the same and the sanction was wrong,” he said about his ban last year when he did not compete from disciplinary reasons. “Now I’m looking for the barrier of 18 meters and the world’s gold,” Pichardo who will compete at Doha DL opener said. His new coach is Daniel Osorio.