Jul 01, 2024

Cuban athletics has received a hard blow this Saturday with the unfortunate news of the injury of sprinter Shainer Reginfo, who will not be able to compete in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

While training in Guadalajara, Spain, he suffered a crack in the fifth metatarsal of his right ankle, which put an end to his dream of competing in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

The injury occurred at a crucial moment during a strength training session, a sudden accident that changed the course of his career. The National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (Inder) confirmed the news, detailing the incident and the immediate medical treatment he is receiving.

“He was covering a morning session of strength exercises in the gym, when, when getting off the bench, the accident occurred due to the inversion of the ankle, which was injured. He was immediately attended to and complies with the indications,” explained the official communication from Inder.

For Reginfo, just 22 years old, this 2024 had been a roller coaster of emotions. At the beginning of June, he made history by breaking the Cuban record in the 100-meter dash in Salamanca, timing 9.90 seconds (0.0) and beating a mark that had stood since 1977.

His performance not only assured him a direct ticket to Paris, but also rekindled the hopes of a new generation in Cuban athletics.

This achievement made him the fastest Cuban in history, surpassing the previous mark of 9.98 seconds set by Silvio Leonard in 1977 and equaled by Roberto Skyers in 2019.

With this time, Reginfo secured his direct quota for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

The President of Inder, Osvaldo Vento Montiller, expressed his solidarity with the athlete through the same social network, sending him a message of encouragement: “Strength, champion. May the fortitude with which you have consolidated your career be expressed now in this other fight”.

Social networks were flooded with expressions of solidarity and sadness for the absence of one of Cuba’s most promising athletes at the Olympic Games.

Reginfo’s performance in Salamanca had raised expectations for the Cuban delegation in Paris. In the same race, his teammate Reynaldo Espinosa also went under 10 seconds with a time of 9.96 seconds, thus securing his own quota for the Olympic Games.

Shainer Reginfo and Reynaldo Espinosa, by taking first and second place in Salamanca, lowering the 10 seconds in the 10 meters (Credit: IG Golden Javelin).
Shainer Reginfo and Reynaldo Espinosa, by taking first and second place in Salamanca, lowering the 10 seconds in the 10 meters (Credit: IG Golden Javelin).

These performances revitalized pride and hope in the 100m dash, a discipline that has seen great success in the past, including silver medals for Enrique Figuerola in Tokyo 1964 and Silvio Leonard in Moscow 1980.

The absence of Shainer Reginfo in Paris 2024 is a significant loss for Cuba, which loses one of its directly qualified athletes. However, Reginfo’s fighting spirit and determination, demonstrated throughout his career, are an inspiring example to all. His speedy recovery and return to the track will be awaited with great expectation by all the followers of Cuban athletics.

Written by Lilyan Cid


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