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Omara Durand of Cuba crosses the line to win the Women's 100m T12 Final at the London 2017 World Para Athletics Championships.

Omara Durand Elias

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The Cuban made history in 2015 when she clocked the fastest 100m time ever by a female Para athlete at the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games in Canada, her first major event back on the track since the birth of her daughter in 2013.

Despite rainy conditions during the heats, Durand clocked 11.65 seconds, but even then, it was a mark that didn’t last long.

Two months later at the Doha World Championships, Durand dominated the field in each of her three events – the 100m, 200m and 400m T12 - securing a hat trick of gold medals as she broke a spectacular four world records along the way, including a time of 11.48 in the 100m.

Durand was hugely impressive at Rio 2016, her third Paralympic Games, winning a further three gold medals and setting numerous records.

Before lowering her world record to 11.40 seconds to win gold in the 100m T12 final, Durand had broken the Paralympic record twice in the heats.

Two Paralympic records fell in the 200m as she stormed to a second gold in 23.05.

She saved her best for last, smashing the 400m world record twice to complete a hat-trick of titles. She first ran 52.90 in the heats, before a blisteringly quick 51.77 secured her the top step on the podium.

Durand was just 19-years-old when she stunned the world at the 2011 World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand, winning the 200m T13 in world record time – as well as gold in the 400m T13.

One year later, she claimed gold in the 100m and the 400m T13 at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

After the birth of her daughter, Durand’s sight deteriorated and she was reclassified to the T12 class. She didn’t slow down however, and her performances at the Toronto Parapan Am Games proved just that.

With just one medal event to contest at the London 2017 World Championships Durand made sure gold was hers with a convincing victory in the 100m T12 (11.52), bringing her impressive tally of world titles to eight as her unbeaten run on the global stage continued.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T12, F12
Guide
Yunior Kindelan, CUB

Further personal information

Family
Husband Noleysis Bicet, daughter Erika
Residence
Cuba
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up athletics in 1998 in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Name of coach
Miriam Ferrer, CUB, since 2007

International debut

Year
2007
Competing for
Cuba
Tournament
IBSA World Championships
Location
São Paulo, BRA

General interest

Hobbies
Listening to music, spending time with family, reading. (cubacontemporanea.com, 08 Oct 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning three gold medals at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
Her family, coach Miriam Ferrer and her guide. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
Cuban athlete Ana Fidelia Quirot. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2017)
Injuries
Her training ahead of the 2008 Paralympic Games was disrupted by a ruptured muscle in her right thigh. She went on to sustain a further muscle strain during the 400m at the Games. (cubacontemporanea.com, 08 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
She was awarded the 2016 Juan Antonio Samaranch IOC Para Athlete Award by the United States Sports Academy. (paralympic.org, 21 Apr 2017)

She was chosen as Cuba's flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (deportes.terra.com.co, 02 Aug 2016)

She was among the nominees for the Laureus Award for Impaired Sportsperson of the Year in 2015. (granma.cu, 02 Mar 2016)

After winning three gold medals at both the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar and the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada, the International Paralympic Committee named her achievements the seventh best moment of 2015. (tvsantiago.icrt.cu, 30 Dec 2015)

She was named the Best Paralympic Sports Athlete in Cuba in 2015 by the Cuban Sports Institute [INDER] and the Cuban sports journalists association. (jit.cu, 08 Dec 2015; granma.cu, 07 Dec 2015)

She was chosen as Cuba's flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, and the closing ceremony of the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (paralympic.org, 15 Aug 2015; paralympic.org, 29 Aug 2012)
Famous relatives
Her husband Noleysis Bicet has competed in hammer throw at international level. (cubacontemporanea.com, 08 Oct 2015; athlecac.org, 26 Jul 2007)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. (paralympic.org, 26 Nov 2016)
Impairment
Her vision was affected by cataracts. (trabajadores.cu, 17 Apr 2016)
Other information
MATERNITY BREAK
She took time away from competition after the 2012 Paralympic Games in London as she was pregnant. She returned in 2013, three months after giving birth. (trabajadores.cu, 17 Apr 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T13 Heat 1 2
Women's 400 m T13 Final Round 9999
Women's 400 m T13 Heat 1 3
Women's 200 m T13 Final Round 4
Women's 200 m T13 Heat 2 1
Women's 100 m T13 Final Round 6
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T13 Final 2011-01-26 1
Women's 400 m T13 Final 2011-01-29 1
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m T13 Final Round 2012-09-03 1
Women's 100 m T13 Heat 2 2012-09-05 1
Women's 100 m T13 Final Round 2012-09-06 1
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m T12 Heat 2 2015-10-22 1
Women's 400 m T12 Final 1 2015-10-23 1
Women's 200 m T12 Heat 3 2015-10-24 1
Women's 200 m T12 Final 1 2015-10-25 1
Women's 200 m T12 Semifinal 1 2015-10-25 1
Women's 100 m T12 Heat 2 2015-10-26 1
Women's 100 m T12 Final 1 2015-10-28 1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T12 Heat 1 2016-09-08 1
Women's 100 m T12 Final Round 2016-09-09 1
Women's 100 m T12 Heat 1 2016-09-09 1
Women's 200 m T12 Heat 2 2016-09-11 1
Women's 200 m T12 Final Round 2016-09-12 1
Women's 400 m T12 Heat 2 2016-09-15 1
Women's 400 m T12 Final Round 2016-09-17 1
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T12 Final 1 2017-07-14 1
Women's 100 m T12 Heat 1 2017-07-18 1
Women's 400 m T12 Final 1 2017-07-19 1
Women's 100 m T12 Final 1 2017-07-19 1