Cuban Swimmer Wins First Gold Medal at 2011 Parapan American Games

Perez recorded 5:40.47 minutes in the 400 meter freestyle, in the S6category, ahead of favorite Daniel Londoño (Colombia-5:4085) and Adrianode Lima (Brasil-5:51.71), who won seven gold medals in Rio de Janeiro 2007.

This medal is the result of lot of training and the commitment of assuringthe first gold medal for Cuba on the first day of competitions.

Perez affirmed that he swam fast but not enough to break the ParapanAmerican record as he was looking forward to, and added that the resultwould have been different if he had competed with toughest swimmers.

This 26 year-old athlete noted that he competed under pressure as he wasnearly disqualified for showing up three minutes later.

Prior to the awarding ceremony he insisted in that he would conquer moremedals in the 50 and 100 meter freestyle, on November 15 and 17 when hewill compete once again.

Perez dedicated his medal to his family, specially his sons, and to theCuban people.

On Sunday, the Cuban delegation also secured a bronze medal by swimmerYunerki Ortega, in the 100 meter backstroke, with 1:22.91 minutes,trailing Argentinean Sergio Zayas (1:17.83) and Colombian Juan Buitrago(1:17.95).

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