Ibargüen and Messi: Best Latin American Athletes in 2014

Ibargüen and Messi: Best Latin American Athletes in 2014
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23 December 2014
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The Colombian tripler Caterine Ibarguen, and the Argentinian soccer player Lionel Messi hoarded today prizes to the best athletes in Latin America and the Caribbean this year, according to the traditional survey by Prensa Latina. Ibargüen, monarch of the Diamond League and the Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz, received 59 votes to lead by a wide margin the women's division.

Behind the South American ended the Cuban judoka Idalys Ortiz, global titular of Chelyabinsk and the Guayaquil Panamerican games, with 22 votes, and the Brazilian soccer player Marta Vieira da Silva, with 15.

Among the men, Messi, awarded the Golden Ball in the Brazil 2014 World Cup and current record holder for goals in the Spanish Liga and the Champions League, won 27 preferences and surpassed by five the Colombian soccer player James Rodriguez, Golden Boot from the last world contest and best player in the group division.

The third place in the male section corresponded to the Colombian cyclist Nairo Quintana, monarch of the Giro d'Italia 2014, one of the three big tours of the world circuit and the first cyclist in Latin America and his country to win the famous competition.

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As a detail of interest in Prensa Latina's 51st poll, encouraged by the votes of 137 media in Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Ibargüen and Messi repeated the award they obtained in 2011.

Besides, Colombia ratified its strength within the sport in the region with the triumph of Ibargüen and choice of Quintana and Rodriguez among the top five.

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