Rio de Janeiro.- The swimmer Lorenzo Pérez won the sixth bronze medal for Cuba in the 15th Paralympic Games, held in this city, but he still has an opportunity to get a crown for the first at this level.
With his personal best of 5: 14.44 minutes, Perez, paraplegic athlete, achieved an excellent third seat in the men´s 400m freestyle S-6.
I wanted the gold medal because I hope to improve my performance in London 2012, but I’m proud of this medal for the Cuban people who much support me, he said in the Olympic Park Aquatic Stadium.
The event was won by Italian Francesco Bocciardo (5:02.07) who was escorted by Dutch Thijs van Hofweegen (5:07.82).
Pérez, London 2012 runner-up in the 50 meters, will also attend the 100m freestyle S-6 event, distance in which he holds the world record with 1:04.60 minutes, set when he was crowned in Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games.
I am well prepared and I think it is my best event, so expect the best of me, he announced over the rest of his performance while waiting for the final agreed for next Saturday.
With four days of competitions left, Cuba totals three gold, one silver and six bronze medals, and several chances to win titles, mainly with Omara Durand and Leinier Savon, both in athletics. (acn)
Periodico26.cu, September 14, 2016