Cuban Sprinter Yunidis Castillo Delighted London at Paralympics

This is the ninth gold medal of the Cuban delegation participating in this world event, one more than in Atlanta 1996. In the case of Castillo, she has also set the record of winning three gold medals in the same Paralympics, which no woman had ever accomplished. Let's remember that she had won the 100m and 200m races previously with as many records, of 11.95 secs and 24.45 secs.

Castillo is now the Cuban athlete with best results in the history of Paralympics with five gold medals since Barcelona 1992, outnumbering jumper and sprinter Enrique Cepeda.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, Cuban swimmer Lorenzo Perez won the bronze medal in the 100m free style S6 with 1:08.01 minutes. Chinese Qing Xu won the gold medal with a WR of 1:05.82 minutes, followed by German Sebastian Iwanow (1:07.32). Perez had also finished second in the 200m free style event. Additionally, Cuban swimmer Yunerki Ortega finished eleventh in the 200m combined style with 2:45.64 minutes.

In another event, Cuban javelin thrower Leonardo Díaz, finished tenth with 29.92 meters.

The Cuban delegation finished its performance in the London Paralympics with nine gold medals, five silver and three bronze, being ranked 15th in the medals standings. It is a similar performance to the one achieved some 16 years ago in Atlanta, where they finished with eight gold medals and five silver.

The final standings of the Games is led by the People's Republic of China (95 gold, 71 silver and 65 bronze), followed by Russian Federation (36, 38, 28) and Great Britain (34, 43, 43). Latin America was led by Brazil in seventh position (21, 14, 8).

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