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Amanda Cerna

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T47

Further personal information

Residence
Santiago, CHI
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 2012 while she was at school.
Why this sport?
A sports teacher encouraged her to attend a Para sport trial in Santiago, Chile. "Watching other people with an impairment training motivated me to do the same."
Name of coach
Raul Moya [national, personal]
Training Regime
She trains at the High Performance Centre [CAR] in Santiago, Chile.

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Chile
Tournament
Grand Prix
Location
São Paulo, BRA

General interest

Nicknames
Mandy (Facebook profile, 05 May 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Placing fourth in the T47 400m at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnloine, 16 Apr 2021; biobiochile.cl, 08 Mar 2019; paralimpicoschile.wordpress.com, 27 Nov 2018)
Most influential person in career
Her parents and her brother. (Athlete, 22 Oct 2015)
Hero / Idol
Chilean sprinter Isidora Jimenez. (Athlete, 22 Oct 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"People don't know what dreams others have. My advice is to do what motivates you and follow your dreams. Nobody should tell you what to do." (biobiochile.cl, 08 Mar 2019)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2019 Athlete of the Year in Castro, Chile. (castromunicipio.cl, 24 Dec 2019)

She was named the 2017 Para Athlete of the Year by the Sports Journalists' Circle in Chile. (teleton.cl, 19 Dec 2017)

In 2016 she was named Best Para Athlete and Sport Promise of the Year by the Sports Journalists' Circle in Chile. She was also presented with the Most Outstanding Para Athlete Performance award by the same body. (biobiochile.cl, 09 Jan 2017)
Famous relatives
Her twin sister Javiera has competed in able-bodied athletics at national level in Chile. (biobiochile.cl, 09 Jan 2017)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Castro Municipio TV, 17 Apr 2020)
Impairment
She was born with a malformation to her left arm. (cpb.org.br, 09 Aug 2019)
Other information
SPORTING FOCUS
In 2017 she decided to quit her studies in order to focus on training, and relocated from Castro in Chile to the capital city of Santiago. "I came to Santiago to achieve my best form. In Chiloe [the island where her family live] I didn't have the best conditions. I applied for a scholarship to train at the High Performance Centre and I stay there as a resident athlete to travel less." (paralimpicoschile.wordpress.com, 27 Nov 2018; biobiochile.cl, 09 Jan 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m T47 Final 1 2015-10-26 6
Women's 200 m T47 Heat 1 2015-10-27 11
Women's 100 m T47 Heat 2 2015-10-29 17
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m T47 Heat 2 2016-09-13 3
Women's 400 m T47 Final Round 2016-09-14 4
Women's 200 m T47 Heat 2 2016-09-15 5
Women's 200 m T47 Final Round 2016-09-16 8
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T47 Heat 2 2017-07-14 9
Women's 400 m T47 Final 1 2017-07-23 4