Silvia Chivás

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Silvia Chivás Baró (born September 10, 1954 in Guantánamo ) is a Cuban athlete and Olympic medalist in the sprint .

Her first international competition was the Central America and Caribbean Championships in Kingston (Jamaica) in 1971 , where she won silver in the 100-meter and 200-meter run and gold in the 4-by-100-meter relay . In the same year she won the bronze medal in the 100-meter run and the silver medal in the relay at the Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia . At the age of 16 ½ she set the Cuban record of 11.3 seconds. At the XX. At the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich , on her 18th birthday, she won the bronze medal over 100 meters behind the German Renate Stecher, who won in a new world record, and the Australian Raelene Boyle . In the 4 x 100 meter relay, Chivás also won the bronze medal, together with her teammates Marlene Elejarde , Carmen Valdés and Fulgencia Romay .

The Central American and Caribbean Games in Santo Domingo in 1974 , she completed by winning silver over 100 meters behind Valdés and gold in the relay. At the Pan American Games in Mexico City in 1975 , she missed individual medals, but won silver with the relay. At the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, she did not get beyond the semi-finals in the individual runs and with the relay. In 1977 she was the first Cuban woman to run the 200-meter course in under 23 seconds. This national record lasted for over twenty years. In the same year she set her career best in the 100 run with 11.16 seconds in Sofia . At the Central American and Caribbean Games in Medellín in 1978 , she won three gold medals. She competed in her last race at the 1979 Pan American Games in San Juan (Puerto Rico), where she said goodbye to active sport with fourth place over 100 meters and the silver medal in the relay.

She ended her career as a competitive athlete at the age of only 24 - according to her own statement, because she felt under pressure because of her refusal to express her opinion openly. She earned a university degree in economics and worked temporarily as a track and field trainer before finally devoting herself to the care of her health-impaired husband, whom she had looked after during her active days as one of her trainers. She is the mother of two children.

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  1. a b c d Sin arrepentimientos: "Llegué, pegué y me fui". Interview on the website of the Cuban Sports Federation of October 31, 2013, accessed on April 30, 2015 (Spanish)