Five Facts about…Omara Durand

What do you know about Cuban sprinter Omara Durand, who lines up at July’s World Para Athletics Championships, with five world titles to her name already? 15 Jun 2017
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Omara Durand - Rio 2016

(L-R) Yuniol Kindelan and Omara Durand of Cuba in action during the Women's 100m - T12 Semifinals at the Olympic Stadium on Day 2 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

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Five Facts About Omara Durand

•Durand is the world’s fastest female Para athlete and is the 100m, 200m and 400m T12 world record holder.

•A double gold medallist at London 2012, Durand returned to competition after giving birth to her daughter Erika, winning three gold medals at the 2015 Parapan Am Games in Toronto, Canada.

•The 25-year-old went on to win a hat trick of gold medals at the 2015 World Championships and at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.

•Durand, who competes with a guide, clocked a world record 51.77 in the 400m T12 at Rio 2016 – faster than four Olympic semi-finalists from August’s Games.

•She was awarded the 2016 Juan Antonio Samaranch IOC Para Athlete Award by the United States Sports Academy.