Sports star profile
Ana F. Quirot joined
the national athletics team in 1983. From then on and, especially
in the '80s, she had begun winning national and international
awards. Olympic and World champion and became the World Cup
Champion for both the 400m and 800m races.
Beginning in 1993
she suffered a terrible domestic accident where more than 50%
of her body was burnt. Many people thought that bad fate was
putting an end to her glory, but it was not so. Thanks to the
advances of Cuban health care and to the mastery of sports doctors,
her life could be saved. Still not completely cured she started
training again and a few months later she amazingly returned
to the tracks. She went on to win the Silver Medal in the Central
American Games. In 1995 in Switzerland she won the World Championship
for the 800m race. In the Atlanta Olympic Games she attained
a Silver medal. President Chief Fidel Castro commended her when
he said "... we saw in it the culmination of a heroic battle
that lasted years. That is why, when a journalist asked me,
I said she did not a win a gold medal, but she won a diamond
medal". On that very day President Fidel Castro awarded the
Medal of Dignity to Ana Fidelia.
At the World Championship
in Athens in 1997 this wonderful athlete went on to retain her
and tenacity has won her the love and admiration of the Cuban
people, who trust her and know that she will always reach her
goals with her best smile.
A truly tremendous
athlete and an example for any aspiring runner. Bravo Ana!