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CASTILLO Yunidis
Sport Para athletics
NPC Cuba   
GenderWomen
Age31
Place of BirthSantiago de Cuba, CUB
Height1.63 m
Weight 50 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T47
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Husband Samuel, son Gabriel
Residence
Havana, CUB
Languages
Spanish
Higher education
Inter American University of Puerto Rico: Fajardo, PUR
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport?
"The truth is I did not like athletics when I was at school. Even though I was among the best, I preferred judo, which was the main sport I practised during my childhood. However, I have always been fast so I usually got selected to join my school's athletics team. [After the accident] I suddenly realised I could not practise judo anymore. It was then that it was suggested I take up athletics, since I was so good at it. I did some research and came up with para-athletics."
Club / Team
Asociacion Cubana de Limitados Fisico-motores [ACLIFIM]: Cuba
Name of coach
Miriam Ferrer [personal], CUB
Senior International Debut
Year
2003
Competing for
Cuba
Tournament
International Tournament
Location
Mar del Plata, ARG
General Interest
Nicknames
The Queen of Speed, Bullet (juventudrebelde.cu, 23 Jun 2011; juventudrebelde.cu, 13 Sep 2008)
Hobbies
Spending time with her son Gabriel. (paralympic.org, 19 Aug 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning five gold medals at the Paralympic Games. (Athlete, 22 Oct 2015)
Most influential person in career
Her family, and her coach. (Athlete, 22 Oct 2015)
Hero / Idol
Cuban middle distance runner Ana Fidelia Quirot. (Athlete, 22 Oct 2015)
Injuries
She sustained an injury while competing in the T47 100m final at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The injury prevented her from participating in the T47 200m and T47 400m events at the Games. (paralympic.org, 27 Sep 2016; SportsDeskOnline, 16 Sep 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Athletics is a sport of perseverance." (palcodeportivo.blogspot.nl, 05 Dec 2012)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2012 Best Female Athlete with an Impairment by the Cuban National Institute of Sports Physical Education and Recreation [INDER]. (bohemia.cu, 21 Dec 2012)
Impairment
Her right arm was amputated after she was involved in a road accident at age 10. She was travelling by bus to a judo competition when the vehicle slid off the wet road, causing her to be thrown around the bus. She spent 13 days in intensive care following the accident. (paralympic.org, 19 Aug 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
13 2004 Long Jump F44/46 4.90 
1 2008 100m T46 12.04
1 2008 200m T46 24.72
1 2012 200m T46 24.45 Q
1 2012 100m T46 12.01
1 2012 400m T46 55.72
2 2016 Long Jump T47 5.59
8 2016 100m T47 1:06.16
Round 1 2016 400m T47  DNS
Round 1 2016 200m T47  DNS
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2006 100m T46 12.63
1 2006 200m T46 25.17
1 2011 200m T46 24.86
1 2011 100m T46 12.20
1 2011 400m T46 57.67
1 2013 400m T46 56.58
1 2013 200m T46 24.66
1 2013 100m T46 12.90
2 2015 Long Jump T47 5.46
2 2015 400m T47 59.79
1 2015 200m T47 25.43
8 2015 100m T47  DNF