Katty Hurtado Breaks Parapan American Record in Discus F38

The Colombian athlete surpassed the record set by the Canadian Renee Foessel, which had been in place since Toronto 2015.

Friday, November 24th, 2023.- The female's F38 discus throw (cerebral palsy) event on Friday at the Centro Atlético Mario Recordón of the Estadio Nacional crowned Colombian athlete Katty Hurtado with the gold medal and a new Parapan American record. She achieved a mark of 37.61 meters in the fourth attempt.

Hurtado surpassed the previous record set by Canadian Renee Foessel at 30.75, which had stood since the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games. However, her new record fell short of Foessel's world record of 38.10 meters, set in 2021 at Guelph.

The rest of the podium was filled by Rosa Carolina Castro of Mexico, with her best throw measuring 35.85 meters (first attempt), and the aforementioned Foessel, with a mark of 35.01 meters.

The F38 class includes field athletes with very limited coordination and movement in the lower torso and legs, either on one side or throughout the body. They must compensate for asymmetry and slightly reduced coordination of muscle movements.

Written by Ernesto Bustos B.–José Tomás Lambert; translated by Rocio Rojas / Santiago 2023 vía Photosport
Photo by Jonnahtan Oyarzún / Santiago 2023 vía Photosport