Cuban athlete and 2019 world champion in the Discus Throw, Yaimé Pérez, has disappeared following the conclusion of the World Athletics Championships in Oregon, USA.

The 31-year-old reportedly left the camp of the Cubans, a day before the team was scheduled to fly back to the country, according to a report by PlayOff Magazine.

“The Russian”, as Yaimé Pérez is known, is the third member of the Cuban delegation to leave, and joins the javelin thrower Yiselena Ballar and the team’s physiotherapist Carlos González Morales, who also left the team’s camp.

The loss of Perez, winner of the gold medal in the Pan American games in Lima, is particularly a huge blow to Cuba as she represents one of the few remaining world-class representatives of the island nation, and one of the most iconic figures of recent times.

She finished 7th in the event in Eugene.

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