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Marileidy Paulino becomes first Dominican woman to win a world title

Marileidy Paulino becomes the first Dominican woman to win a world title

Marileidy Paulino of the Dominican Republic achieved history by winning the gold medal in the women’s 400m event at the World Athletics Championships, in Budapest Hungary, in August 2023. This victory is part of the culmination of her incredible athletic journey.

She became the first woman from the Dominican Republic to win an individual Olympic medal in athletics when she earned the silver medal in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. At the 2022 World Athletics Championships, Marileidy Paulino won silver.

Paulino is now the woman to beat for the gold medal in the Paris Olympic Games set for 2024. Marileidy Paulino’s success has made a significant impact on the global stage and has proven her talent and competitive spirit, solidifying her status as a rising star in the world of athletics.

With victories in various international competitions, she has established herself as a force to be reckoned with. The Central American and Caribbean Games in San Salvador, 2023 was another historic day. Three athletes secured their place at the Paris Olympics 2024. Out of them, the most significant achievement was Marileidy Paulino. She didn’t just win Gold but also broke a 45-year-old record at the games.

Paulino’s incredible performance in the 400m race in San Salvador not only qualified her for the upcoming 2024 Paris Olympics while shattering the previous Central American and Caribbean Games record, set in 1978.

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Inspiration for the nation

In addition to her individual achievements, the Tokyo Olympics silver medalist has played a crucial role in the Dominican Republic’s success in team events. Her versatility and remarkable performances have already earned her a medal in the 4×400-meter mixed relay, highlighting her value as an exceptional and well-rounded athlete.

Born in the village of Don Gregorio, Marileidy Paulino’s journey began in the small town of Nizao. Raised by her single mother and surrounded by hardships, she found purpose in athletics. With no sporting background in the family, Paulino did not participate in organized sports until the age of 18. Paulino’s natural athletic talent was discovered in High School in her hometown of Nizao.

Marileidy Paulino’s journey to become the world champion in the women’s 400m event inspires all who aspire to be athletes and overcome obstacles. Her tireless dedication, strategic brilliance, and ability to perform under pressure have solidified her legacy as a true champion in the world of track and field. With her sights set on new goals, Paulino’s triumph serves as a reminder that dreams can become reality when fueled by talent and unwavering effort.


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