Yunidis Returns to Win Silver Medal

Yunidis Castillo enjoyed the privilege of placing Cuba in the medal table of Río de Janeiro Paralympic Games by winning a silver medal

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2016-09-09 | 13:01:19 EST
La santiaguera Yunidis Castillo tuvo en sus piernas el privilegio de colocar a Cuba este jueves en el medallero de los Juegos Paralímpicos de Río de Janeiro al cosechar una presea de plataLa santiaguera Yunidis Castillo tuvo en sus piernas el privilegio de colocar a Cuba este jueves en el medallero de los Juegos Paralímpicos de Río de Janeiro al cosechar una presea de plata Photo: Juventud RebeldeZoom

The value of some athletes is simply impossible to be seen. So many are the achievements they build through sacrifice and ingrained quality that there are no words to describe their greatness. Such is the case of Yunidis Castillo, who had in her legs the privilege of placing Cuba in the medal table of the Río de Janeiro Paralympic Games by winning a silver medal.

Yunidis was back on track in long jump. She made her debut in multi-sport events 12 years ago at the age of 17, and she was unsuccessful failing to reach medals. This time was different. More experienced and having reigned in other international events, she achieved the second position in the Brazilian city with a 5.59 m leap, behind New Zealander Anna Grimaldi, winner with 5.62 m.

Curiously, the podium was held by all three medalist of World Championship 2015 in Doha, since Australian Carlee Beattie had to make do with the third position this time with a 5.57 m register. Castillo added her sixth Olympic medal to her collection, the first silver medal accompanied by five gold medals.

Omara Durand came first in the 100 m qualifying heat with Olympic record by timing 11.58 s. Today she is favorite to win the semifinal heat, and minutes later she is expected to go for the Olympic title.

Another Cuban athlete who saw action was female weightlifter Leidy Rodríguez, with a sixth position in the 41 kg division.

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