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Cuban Omara Durand to the 100m semifinals at the Tokyo Paralympics



HAVANA, Cuba, Sep 1 (ACN) Cuban sprinter Omara Durand qualified today to the 100 m semifinals in athletics, category T12 (profound visual impairment) as part of the Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

Durand and his guide Yuniol Kindelán won heat 2 of the first 100 m round with a time of 11.70 seconds, their best this season. Behind them came Venezuela's Greilys Villarroel (12.57) and Spain's Alba García (12.85).

Five years ago, in Rio de Janeiro, Durand and Kindelán set a world record with a time of 11.40 seconds. Their best result this season had been 11.97.

On Monday, the Cuban pair won the 400 m with 52.58 seconds to mark the beginning of her gold medal tally in Tokyo.

Durand, who has notched up six gold medals in these events, has not lost a race in more than 10 years. Now in Tokyo she won the 400 m gold medal and will try to do the same in 100 m and 200 m, just like she did in Rio 2016.

So far, the island's representatives in athletics have accumulated two gold medals, one silver and one bronze, ratifying that it is the sport with the greatest possibilities for the Cuban delegation.

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