Marileidy Paulino wins gold in the Ibero-American Athletics Championship

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The sprinter Marileidy Paulino came in first position in the 400 full flats of the Ibero-American Athletics Championship, which is held in Alicante, to give gold to the Dominican Republic.

Paulino recorded a time of 49.49 seconds at the Camilo Cano de la Nucía stadium. The sprinter was followed by the also Dominican Fiordaliza Cofil, who won silver in the competition.

Paulino qualified for the final by winning his hit, on Friday the 20th, with a time of 50.82 seconds and the Portuguese Cátia Azevedo, who finished second, with 52.37 and the Brazilian Tabata Vitorino had a time of 53.48.

Gabriella Renee Scott, from Puerto Rico (51.65), Fiordaliza Cofil, Dominican (51.66) in photo-finish and Cuban Roxana Gómez (51.68) finished in the first three places of the other heat.

It was her third international test, after two silver medals at the Tokyo-2020 Olympic Games, where she was double runner-up, individual and in the mixed quartet, which won silver for the Dominican Republic.

Fiordaliza Cofil achieved first place in the 400 meters, with her personal best, 51.27 seconds, in a test in which Paulino, Olympic silver medalist in this distance, did not participate.

The silver went to Anabel Medina (53.20) and the bronze, to Franshi Martínez, with a time of 55.12.

Cofil qualified for the World Athletics Championships, to be held in Oregon, United States, next July, according to the Dominican Athletics Federation.

In other tests, Jilberto Santana won the 5,000 meters, with a time of 14:48.28; Catherin Nina won in the high jump (1.75 meters) and Fabiola Álvarez, in the long jump, with a mark of 5.50 meters.

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