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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

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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
Yuniol 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
Why this sport?
Her talent was spotted by one of her physical education teachers.
Name of coach
Miriam Ferrer Fernandez, CUB
Training Regime
She trains at the High Performance Centre in Havana, Cuba.

International debut

Year
2007
Competing for
Cuba

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, and coach Miriam Ferrer. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
Cuban athlete Ana Fidelia Quirot, Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Injuries
Health issues prevented her from competing at the 2018 National Championships in Camaguey, Cuba. (radiorebelde.cu, 20 Feb 2019)

A ruptured muscle in her right thigh disrupted her training ahead of the 2008 Paralympic Games. She went on to sustain a further muscle strain during the 400m at the Games in Beijing. (cubacontemporanea.com, 08 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
She cast prints of her hands in concrete at a ceremony at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. The prints were to be placed at the VIDENA Athletics Stadium Walk of Fame in Lima. (paralympic.org, 23 Aug 2019)

In 2017 she was named Best Vision Impaired Athlete of the Santiago de Cuba province in Cuba. (sierramaestra.cu, 21 Dec 2017)

In 2012, 2015 and 2017 she was named Best Paralympic Sports Athlete in Cuba by the Cuban Sports Institute [INDER] and the Cuban sports journalists association. (vanguardia.cu, 11 Dec 2017; pionero.cu, 17 Aug 2017; granma.cu, 07 Dec 2015; jit.cu, 08 Dec 2015)

She was named Best Sportswoman of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro by the International Paralympic Committee [IPC]. (cibercuba.com, 07 Sep 2017)

She was presented with the 2016 Juan Antonio Samaranch IOC Para Athlete Award by the United States Sports Academy. (paralympic.org, 21 Apr 2017)

She was flag bearer for Cuba at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. She carried out the same role at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Games in London and the closing ceremony of the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (deportes.terra.com.co, 02 Aug 2016; paralympic.org, 15 Aug 2015, 29 Aug 2012)
Famous relatives
Her husband Noleysi Bicet has represented Cuba in athletics, competing in hammer throw at the Pan American Games in 2007 and 2011. (SportsDeskOnline, 07 Oct 2019; cubacontemporanea.com, 08 Oct 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (france24.com, 29 Aug 2019)
Impairment
Her vision impairment is the result of cataracts. (WOWOW official YouTube channel, 21 Aug 2019; trabajadores.cu, 17 Apr 2016)
Other information
MATERNITY BREAK
She took time away from competition following the 2012 Paralympic Games in London to give birth to her daughter. She returned to the sport in 2015. (paralympic.org, 14 Mar 2019; 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