CUBAN LONG JUMP

SEVEN ATHLETES HAVE ALREADY DEFECTED FROM CASTRO'S 1996 TEAMS. HOW MANY WILL BOLT IN ATLANTA?

His nickname is El Gordo, the Fat Man, and he is both agent and metaphor. Joe Cubas, 35, a contractor from Miami, has orchestrated five defections from Cuba's national baseball team, most recently on July 9, when ace pitcher Rolando Arrojo slipped into Cubas' car, leaving his team's exhibition tour. That incident, coupled with the defections in late June at the Mexican border of Cuban boxers Joel Casamayor and Ramon Garbey, have led to widespread speculation that the most exciting event at the Atlanta Olympics will be the long jump--from Cuba to the U.S.

Indeed, Cubas, who is going to Atlanta...

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