Cuban runner Durand, happy for new Paralympic scepter

Tokyo, Aug 31 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban star of world athletics Omara Durand expressed her joy today after winning her sixth Paralympic Games crown by triumphing in the final of the 400 meters, category T12, for athletes with profound vision problems.

I was very nervous before the competition, but after finishing the race, I am very satisfied, said the 29-year-old sprinter, undefeated since 2011, after taking the victory.

Durand won the race with a time of 52.58 seconds, although she was unable to break her own world record set in Rio de Janeiro in September 2016 and will have the opportunity to return to the track tomorrow in the 100m qualifier and semifinal.

It’s very normal (to feel nervous) every time you compete. I’m always thinking about how to win, and to keep a positive feeling, she acknowledged.

Durand, second gold medal for Cuba

The Antillean woman gave the largest of the Antilles its second gold medal in the Japanese competition, after the victory this Tuesday of long jumper Robiel Yankiel Sol in the T46 class, for athletes who have a limited movement of an arm from a low to a moderate degree or the absence of limbs.

According to the Caribbean gazelle, she and her guide Yuniol Kindelán did not have the necessary rest time between the semifinal race and the final, but they were confident in the planning done by their coach Miriam Ferrer to triumph once again.

Durand started the final from the front and with her great strength did not give any option to her rivals, led by the Ukrainian Oksana Boturchuk, silver with 55.33, and the Venezuelan Alejandra Paola Perez, bronze (57.06).

The Antillean became the athlete from her country with the most number of crowns in the Paralympics, surpassing Yunidis Castillo, also a sprinter.

According to her criteria, this feat demands a greater commitment in the sport to have good races and achieve more triumphs in order to put the name of Cuba very high.

The stellar runner dedicated the medal to her trainer Manuel López, who passed away last week, and reiterated her gratitude to the Cuban people and the government of the island for the support received to make her dreams come true.

She also recalled Ferrer’s daily work and effort to face all the daily problems and to be able to lead her to more successes in the international arena.

(Taken from PL)

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Webmaster Jorge Luis Lora Moran Digital Edition Radio Grito de Baire, Contramaestre, Cuba.

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