Jun 18, 2024

Cuba’s Rose Mary Almanza is going to her fourth Olympic Games; it is said to be easy but behind it are years of sacrifice and pleasant conquests.

Almanza certified her direct ticket to Paris with her victory of 1:58.89 minutes in the 800 meters race of the International Athletics Meeting held in the French city of Forbach. His time meets the minimum mark (1:59.30) required by World Athletics and grants him a ticket to the great sporting event that will take place from July 26 to August 11.

These, as we said, will be her fourth Olympic Games, and add another milestone to the long career of the athlete born on July 13, 1992 in the province of Camagüey, in the center of the island.

She debuted in London 2012, with access thanks to her 1:59.55 achieved in Havana, then won the right to compete in Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2021. In parallel, he has taken part in six world championships: Moscow 2013, Beijing 2015, London 2017, Doha 2019, Eugene 2022 and Budapest 2023.

During his career he has stood out as a specialist in the 800m where he has a personal best of 1:56.28 (Stockholm, 2021), although he has dabbled in 1500, and in relay events.

Her performance in the 4x400m relay has been especially notable, contributing to the success of the Cuban team in several competitions, including the well-remembered victory at the World Relay Championships held in Silesia in 2021.

Rose Mary Almanza has won six gold medals in Central American and Caribbean Games. Mainly highlighting the Barranquilla 2018 edition where she climbed to the top of the podium in the 800 meters, 1500 meters and in the 4×400 meters relay. In addition, he is a Pan American Games multi-medalist and accumulates 15 first places in national championships in his track record.

Since her debut in 2009, Almanza has won numerous titles in international competitions, including university games, NACAC championships, Central American Games and Diamond League stops. Her achievements in the 800m are exceptional, being part of the world elite with personal records that keep her as Cuba’s most outstanding.

With her recent qualification for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, she ratifies herself as one of the main figures of Cuban athletics, and will be the most experienced athlete in the national delegation.

Cuban sport has 47 classified athletes in 13 sports. Cuban athletics has so far registered 9 athletes in that list, while another group remains in the classification zone for the World Athletics ranking.

Leyanis Pérez (women’s triple jump)

Liadagmis Povea (women’s triple jump)

Rose Mary Almanza (women’s 800m flat)

Roxana Gómez, (women’s 400m flat)

Lázaro Martínez (men’s triple jump)

Cristian Nápoles (men’s triple jump)

Luis Enrique Zayas (men’s high jump)

Shainer Reginfo (men’s 100m flat)

Reynaldo Espinosa (men’s 100m dash)

Written by Lilyan Cid


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