Cuban Cyclist Lisandra Guerra Wanted to Continue Competing Despite Injury

Cuban cycling champion Lisandra Guerra is receiving necessary care for an injury suffered during the semifinals of the individual sprint Sunday, July 19 and will not compromise her future, said Dr. Luis Núñez, the assistant physician of the Cuban delegation at the XVII Pan American Games.

“She even wanted to continue competing, a show of tremendous courage. But we decided to withdraw her after giving treatment at the velodrome,” said the specialist.

“One of the pedals fell off her bicycle causing some wood chips from the velodrome track’s surface to fly up and some penetrated her right arm, but she was assisted at the venue itself and immediately asked to return to the competition,” said Núñez.

“The fragments were extracted, she received stitches and is in an excellent state of mind,” he said.

The physician’s comments confirm the statement made by the athlete herself on social networks, in which she lamented being unable to fight for another medal.

“It hurts more to know that Cuba’s anthem will not play at the velodrome than the injury itself,” she said.

“I’m happy because I put my soul into every competition and I gave everything for Cuba, for those who love me and always expect the best from me,” she said in remarks broadcast by the Cuban News Agency (AIN).