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DURAND Omara
Sport Para athletics
NPC Cuba   
GenderWomen
Age27
Place of BirthSantiago de Cuba, CUB
Height1.57 m
Weight 60 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T12, F12
Guide
Yunior Kindelan, CUB
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
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
Senior 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)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
8 2008 400m T13  DNF
4 2008 200m T13 25.67
6 2008 100m T13 12.59
1 2012 400m T13 55.12
1 2012 100m T13 12.00
1 2016 100m T12 11.40
1 2016 200m T12 23.05
1 2016 400m T12 51.77
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2011 200m T13 24.24 WR
1 2011 400m T13 54.87
1 2015 400m T12 53.05
1 2015 200m T12 23.03
1 2015 100m T12 11.48
1 2017 200m T12 23.58
1 2017 100m T12 11.52
1 2017 400m T12 52.75