Olympic silver! Marileidy Paulino achieves a historic medal in the 400 meter dash


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Olympic silver!  Marileidy Paulino achieves a historic medal in the 400 meter dash

The runner became the first Dominican in the history of the Olympic Games to achieve a medal in individual discipline

The Dominican Republic is once again bathed in silver, this time thanks to the legs of the double Olympic medalist, Marileidy paulino. The Dominican had the best competition of her young career by achieving a time of 49.20 seconds, breaking his personal best and the previous national record (49.38) en route to his second medal in Tokyo 2020.

Paulino stayed behind Shaunae Miller-Uibo, the athlete of Bahamas and current champion since Rio 2016, who achieved an impressive time of 48.36 seconds to reach the silver. The young Dominican took advantage of the final moments of her career, after entering the last corner fifth to produce a spectacular acceleration and thus overcome three competitors and take second place and the medal.

Marileidy paulino is the first woman in the history of the participations of Dominican Republic in Olympic Games who achieves an individual medal in any competition. It also becomes the sole athlete of the Caribbean country to win two olympic medals, after previously achieving another silver in the career of 4×400 meter mixed relay and additionally, she became only the second athlete from Oaxaca with two medals, equaling the 400-meter hurdles runner, Felix Sanchez, who achieved two Olympic golds (Athens 2004 and London 2012).

Paulino, who is only 24 years old, became Tokyo 2020 in the most successful Dominican athlete at the level of Olympic (and international) competitions, surpassing any expectations that existed about her at the beginning of the Olympic competitions.

With the fourth medal in Tokyo 2020 (three silver and one bronze), the Dominican Republic continues to add to what has been his best historical performance within a few Olympic Games, surpassing the two medals obtained in London 2012 and placing itself as one of the best Latin American countries in the Olympic medal table.


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