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Tico athlete wins gold medal at Italy Grand Prix

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Published on Monday, May 15, 2023
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rican Paralympic athlete Sherman Güity-Güity won the gold medal in the 200-meter sprint race at the Italy Para Athletics Grand Prix 2023.

According to the Institute of Sports, Güity competed in the T64 category, which refers to athletes who compete in speed and have a leg amputation, at the Jesolo Grand Prix 2023 which is taking place at the Armando Picchi Stadium in Venice, Italy.

Güity reached a record of 21.63 seconds. "He was far superior to his rivals reaching the finish line with an advantage over the Italy and Ireland Teams, who crossed the finish line way behind him," the institute said in its statement. 

Second place went to Fabio Bottazzini from Italy with a time of 23.61 seconds. Third place went to Alex Lee from Ireland with 24.97 seconds.

The Costa Rican winner, Güity, was born in Limón Province on December 3, 1996. Since a very young age, he has stood out in racing competitions at the National Sports Games.

However, in August 2017, a car crash resulted in Güity losing part of his left leg. Despite this circumstance, his dedication and persistence made him continue to practice sports during his recovery period.

Currently, he has specialized in 100 and 200-meter races for athletes with disabilities.

In March, Güity won two gold medals in the final of the T64 100-meters sprint at the United Arab Emirates Para Athletics Championship.

This year, the XL National Sports Games were dedicated to Guity, who stands out for having won a gold and silver medal at the Tokyo 2020-2021 World Paralympic Games.

In 2022, Guity won first place in the world athletics ranking at the Para Athletics Grand Prix that took place in Mexico.

In 2021, he won a gold medal in the Tokyo Paralympic World Games.

This year, six countries are co-hosting the Grand Prix. The season kicked off at the Rades Olympic Athletics Stadium in Tunis the capital of Tunisia in April. Then, the games were held in the United Arab Emirates, UAE and the Grand Stadium of Marrakesh, Morocco. Then, the prize was hosted by the Centro De Alto Rendimiento Niños Heroes in Mexico. 

The current games are held in Jesolo, Italy. 

The final stop will take place at the Swiss Paraplegic Center (SPC) in Nottwil City.

The season marks the 10th anniversary of the Grand Prix which was launched in 2013 to give top athletes more significant opportunities to compete while providing a platform to develop new talents and excellence in competition management.

What Paralympic athlete are you looking forward to seeing in the games?
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