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By force of legs: The best of the Dominican Olympics 2022

A fuerza de piernas: Lo mejor del olimpismo dominicano 2022

2022 gave away unique moments for Olympic or federated sport.

History was made in the youth and superior categories in various disciplines, but without a doubt, Marileidy Paulino is deserving of the crown as sports queen of the year, by winning two medals (one gold and one silver) at the World Athletics Championships. held in Oregon, United States.

“The ebony gazelle” won the silver medal in the 400-meter dash by registering 49 seconds and 60 hundredths, only behind Shaunae Miller-Uibo who stopped the clock at 49 seconds and 19 hundredths.

In the same World Championship, Paulino, along with Fiordaliza Cofil, Lidio Feliz and Alexander Ogando They were proclaimed champions in the 4×400 mixed relay modality, crossing the finish line at three minutes, nine seconds and 82 hundredths ahead of the Netherlands and the United States.

In addition, the double Olympic silver medalist became the first Dominican woman to win the Diamond League, winning the title in the 400-meter dash in the event held in Weltklasse, Zürich with a time of 48.99, the best mark of her young career.

Paulino received a large diamond trophy, a cash prize of $30,000, and a wildcard entry to the World Championships in Athletics to be held in Budapest, Hungary in 2023.

The Dominican Soccer Team in the sub 20 categorywrote his name in gold letters, after obtaining second place in the 2022 Concacaf Pre-World Championship held in Honduras, and thus qualified for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games and the Indonesian U20 World Championship, being the first time that it will reach these two instances in the history of local football.

The National Team defeated its counterpart from Guatemala in a penalty shootout 4-2 to qualify for the final match, where it was defeated by the United States.

The Queens of the Caribbean they occupied the 11th position in the Women’s World Volleyball Championship, after registering a record of four wins and five losses. Before that they had participated in the Final Six tournament, held in the country and in the Pan American Cup held in Mexico. In both events they won undefeated.

The Dominican Basketball Team He got closer to the goal of the 2023 World Cup, after his performance in the different qualifying windows. The Dominican team had a record of five wins and three losses. He beat the teams of Argentina, Venezuela, Panama and the Bahamas, the latter on two occasions.

The failures were against Venezuela and Canada. The tricolor had the debut of the NBA player, Chris Duarte and the incorporation of the outstanding coach Néstor -Ché- García, who was a key player in the last two wins against Venezuela and Argentina.

Dominican boxer Novoanny Núñez He won the bronze medal at the World Youth Boxing Championship, held in Spain after losing in the semifinals against the representative of Uzbekitan, Gulsevar Ganieva, with a controversial result, 2-3. Nunez appeared to have clearly won the fight, but three of the five judges gave Ganieva the winner, whose corner winced when the decision was announced.

Bitter pill- Doping

Doping also covered Dominican sports. Zacharias BonnatOlympic silver medalist was unable to participate in the World Weightlifting Championships, after testing positive for the substance SARMSRAD140.

Bonnat’s suspension is provisional and is awaited by the result of a second test, which if positive, the weightlifter will have a four-year suspension and would miss the next Olympic cycle.

Ana Jose Tima, also tested positive for doping, with the substance Enobosarmy and metabolites GW5015162. He could also face a four-year ban.

The last confirmed positive was MEADOWVALE CRUISEhorse ridden by the Dominican rider Hector Florentinoin the past Bolivarian Games in Valledupar, held in Colombia, last summer.

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