Cuban sprinter Omara Durand's victorious return to the track

Edited by Ed Newman
2023-02-27 18:54:37


Omara Durand and her guide at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Havana, February 27 (RHC)-- Cuban phenomenal sprinter Omara Durand made a victorious return to the tracks today, after dominating the 200 meters (m) of the T12 category (profoundly visually impaired) at the World Paralympic Grand Prix in Dubai.

Durand, universal record holder in the 100, 200 and 400 m T12 and winner of eight gold medals in Paralympic Games, together with her guide Yuniol Kindelán dominated the double hectometer with a time of 24.96 seconds (sec).

Behind the Cuban runners came China's Yaqin Chen (26.11 sec) and Germany's Katrin Muller-Rottgardt (28.29 sec), in second and third place, respectively, according to the official website of the competition.

For the star sprinter from Santiago, this was her international return to racing after a year's rest in 2022, in which she "recharged" her batteries and spent more time with her family.

At the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, Durand won the gold medals in the 100, 200 and 400 m of the T12 category, as she did in Rio de Janeiro 2016, while in London 2012 she won two titles.

The fast paratriathlete triumphed in the Japanese capital with a world record of 23.02 seconds in the final of the double hectometer.

Regardless of the rain and the wet track, the runner from the Caribbean nation broke her previous world record of 23.03 seconds set in Doha, Qatar, in 2015, and also improved the Paralympic record of 23.05 seconds set in the Rio de Janeiro.

She also conquered the crown in the 400 m by dominating from start to finish that modality with a time of 52.58 sec and took the scepter in the 100 m with a mark of 11.49 sec.

As if that were not enough, the Cuban has not lost a race for more than 10 years, undoubtedly a feat worthy of praise.


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