Marileidy Paulino of the Dominican Republic reinforced her reputation as a world-class sprinter by securing the gold medal in the women's 200m final at the Pan American Games Santiago 2023, marking a historic achievement for her nation. Displaying remarkable prowess on Thursday, 2 November, Paulino outpaced her competitors with a time of 22.74 seconds, improving upon her semi-final performance by a considerable margin.
The battle for the lead was intense, with Ecuador's Gabriela Suarez challenging Paulino around the turn. However, Paulino dominated the straightaway, leaving her rivals behind and showcasing the athletic excellence that won her the 400m World Championship title earlier this year in Budapest.
Yunisleidy Garcia of Cuba claimed the silver medal with a time of 23.33 seconds, while Brazil's Ana de Jesus completed the podium by taking the bronze in 23.52 seconds. Suarez, after a promising start, finished in fourth place.
The competition commenced with a setback as Ecuador's Aimara Nazareno was disqualified for a false start. Despite the initial disruption, the event proceeded smoothly, with Paulino's victory adding a lustrous highlight to her already impressive record.
Paulino's victory is not just a win but a continuation of her trailblazing journey, being the first Dominican woman to win an Olympic medal in athletics with her silver in the 400m at Tokyo 2020, where she also earned silver in the mixed 4x400m relay.
Notably, within the same hour of her 200m victory, Paulino went on to secure a bronze medal in the 4x100m relay, further cementing her status as an exceptional athlete. Her individual gold in the 200m is her first at the Pan American Games, complementing the gold she achieved as part of the mixed 4x400m relay team earlier in the event.
Renan Correa Clinches Men's 200m Gold for Brazil at Pan American Games
In an electrifying finish at the Pan American Games Santiago, Renan Correa of Brazil demonstrated remarkable speed to win the men's 200m gold medal. The victory marked a momentous occasion, as it was the first time a Brazilian athlete had topped the 200m podium at the Games since Claudinei Quirino's triumph in 1999.
The race was a closely contested affair, with Jose Gonzalez of the Dominican Republic and Nadale Buntin from Saint Kitts and Nevis in close contention. The athletes were evenly matched in the initial 100m, making it anyone's race. However, as they approached the final 50m, Correa displayed an exceptional burst of speed, pulling away from his competitors to secure the top spot.
Correa crossed the finish line in 20.37 seconds, followed by Gonzalez at 20.56 seconds, who added a silver medal to his 100m win at these Games. Buntin completed the race in 20.79 seconds, earning a bronze and claiming the fourth overall medal for men's athletics for his country at the Pan American Games.