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DURAND Omara
Sport Athletics, Para athletics
NPC Cuba   
GenderWomen
Age30
Place of BirthSantiago de Cuba, CUB
Height1.67 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T12, F12
Guide
Yuniol Kindelan, CUB, from 2015
Further Personal Information
Family
Husband Noleysis Bicet, daughter Erika
Residence
Santiago de Cuba, CUB
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. "I must thank my physical education teacher, who was the one who realised that I had ability and made me begin this sport."
Name of coach
Miriam Ferrer Fernandez, CUB, from 2005
Senior International Debut
Year
2007
Competing for
Cuba
General Interest
Nicknames
Queen of Speed (en.granma.cu, 10 Mar 2021)
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
Coach Miriam Ferrer Fernandez. (cubahora.cu, 14 Mar 2020)
Hero / Idol
Cuban athlete Ana Fidelia Quirot, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. (cubahora.cu, 14 Mar 2020; Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Injuries
She sustained an injury to her left leg while competing at the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (en.cubadebate.cu, 10 Sep 2020)

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)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you don't dream in sport, you can't be an athlete. You have to dream big." (playoffmagazine.com, 25 Mar 2021)
Awards and honours
In 2019 she was named the Para Athlete of the Year in Cuba. (cubadebate.cu, 20 Dec 2019)

In 2012, 2015, 2017, and 2019 she was named Best Paralympic Sports Athlete in Cuba by the Cuban Sports Institute [INDER]. (cibercuba.com, 10 Dec 2019; anguardia.cu, 11 Dec 2017; pionero.cu, 17 Aug 2017; granma.cu, 07 Dec 2015; jit.cu, 08 Dec 2015)

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 2012, 2015, and 2017 she was named Best Paralympic Sports Athlete in Cuba by 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 win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (en.cubadebate.cu, 10 Sep 2019)
Impairment
Her vision impairment is the result of cataracts. (WOWOW official YouTube channel, 21 Aug 2019; trabajadores.cu, 17 Apr 2016)
Other information
RELATIONSHIP WITH COACH
She began working with coach Miriam Ferrer Fernandez in 2005. "I have always worked with Miriam. With her I have gone through everything. We have lived beautiful and special moments. She is like a mother to me. She deals with everything. It isn't only a matter of telling you how many laps you have to run or weights you have to lift. It's being on top of everything, even my daughter's school. I don't have any complaints from my family." (havanatimes.org, 24 Dec 2020; cubahora.cu, 14 Mar 2020)

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. "I ran in London while pregnant. Of course, I didn't know that, and I didn't have any symptoms either. I think that my adrenaline and concentration on the competition only led me to perceive nothing. Of course for us athletes who are mothers the effort is a little greater. Having a baby and continuing to lead an athlete's life involves a lot of sacrifice. The greatest inspiration I have in my life is my daughter." (cubasi.cu, 09 May 2020; cubahora.cu, 14 Mar 2020; paralympic.org, 14 Mar 2019; trabajadores.cu, 17 Apr 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para athletics
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
1 2021 400m T12 52.58
1 2021 100m T12 11.49
1 2021 200m T12 23.02
ParaPan American Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
1 2019 200m T12 23.67
1 2019 100m T12 11.76
1 2019 400m T12 52.51
World Championships - Para athletics
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
1 2019 400m T12 52.85
1 2019 100m T12 11.66
1 2019 200m T12 23.57