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  • The Olympic Stadium in London, where the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships took place between July 14 and 23.

    The Olympic Stadium in London, where the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships took place between July 14 and 23. | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The Caribbean island is taking part for the first time in the biennial event, which is organized by World Para Athletics, part of the International Paralympic Committee.

Cuba has won two medals at the World Para Swimming and Powerlifting Championships, currently taking place in Mexico’s capital.

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Lorenzo Perez secured the only gold left in his career, in the category of the men’s S6 100 meters freestyle swim. The athlete, who suffers from a lower-body impairment, also holds the world (Toronto Parapan Am 2015) and Paralympic records (Rio de Janeiro 2016).

In the weightlifting events, Leidy Rodriguez won silver in the 41kg division. The powerlifter bench pressed 85kg, surpassing her 80kg lift in the 2016 Río de Janeiro Games, in which she placed seventh.

Cuba is taking part in the games for the first time; the biennial athletics event is organized by World Para Athletics, part of the International Paralympic Committee.

This year, the events were originally scheduled to begin September 30, but a succession of earthquakes prompted a postponement to December 2.

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