Eugene, Ore. ( Associated Press) – The Dominicans are finally on a stage. And they want to come back very soon.
Marilady Paulino and Fiordalija Cofil won their respective races and qualified for the 400m semifinals on Sunday, where they try to increase their crop at the World Championships in Athletics after being part of the gold medal-winning mixed relay team on Friday. will do. distance.
“I’m not tired after the mixed relay, the truth is I’m still happy to see that we’re both in the semi-finals,” said Paulino. “We want to represent our country well.”
He succeeded two days ago. With Lidio Feliz and Alexander Ogando, the Dominican won a title that improved on the silver obtained at the Tokyo Olympics in the same event, but with Annabel Medina on the team instead of Kofil.
Never before in history had a Dominican woman won a medal at a World Cup.
Now, Paulino and Cofil are confident that they can soon repeat the experience, despite the fatigue caused by the tough test that brought them the victory.
“I don’t know how my body recovers from the mixed relay, but my coach trusts me, he does everything for me. We are confident that I can reach the finals”, Kofil said.
The semi-finals are scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. Kofil will compete in the second race, where Puerto Rican Gabby Scott will also compete, while Paulino will compete in the third.
With a time of 52.05, Scott advanced from the first heat on Sunday, in which Mexican Paola Moran was eliminated.
Paulino won his elimination test with a time of 50.76 s, while Kofil won with a time of 51.19 s. Also in that fifth race, Cuban Roxana Gómez advanced with 51.85.
In the men’s branch, Feliz also made it to the semi-finals, finishing third in his Sunday qualifying round with a time of 45.87. The semi-finals will also take place on Wednesday.