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CONTRAFATTO Monica Graziana
Sport Para athletics
NPC Italy   
Place of BirthGela, ITA
Height1.64 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Rome, ITA
Army, Athlete
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics in 2014, but a knee injury meant she did not compete until 2015. Her first competition was in Rome, Italy.
Why this sport?
She was inspired to take up the sport after watching Italian Para sprinter Martina Caironi win gold in the T42 100m at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. She was in hospital recovering from the injuries she sustained in Afghanistan at the time, and has since competed against Caironi.
Club / Team
Paralimpico Difesa: Rome, ITA
Senior International Debut
Competing for
Grand Prix
Grosseto, ITA
General Interest
Spending time with friends. (NPC, 15 Oct 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coaches Nadia Checchini and Michele Gionfriddo. (NPC, 15 Oct 2015; Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
Italian long jumper Fiona May. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
In 2014, just after she had started training in the sport, she injured her knee and missed a year of training. (NPC, 15 Oct 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"He who stops has lost." (NPC, 15 Oct 2015)
Other sports
She represented Italy in Para swimming and wheelchair basketball at the 2014 Invictus Games in London, England. (, 2014)
She lost her right leg in 2012 while serving with the Italian army in Afghanistan. (, 04 May 2015;, 22 Aug 2013)
Other information
She served as a corporal in the Italian army, having first joined in June 2006 as a volunteer. She first went to Afghanistan from November 2009 to April 2010, but during her second mission to the country in 2012 she lost her right leg below the knee. She was the first female soldier in the Italian Army to received a gold medal for bravery, which she was awarded in May 2015 in recognition of her actions during the attack on her regiment in which she was injured. (, 26 Mar 2012;, 25 Mar 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
3 2016 100m T42 16.30
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
5 2015 100m T42 16.98
2 2017 100m T42 15.35
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2016 100m T42 17.03
2 2018 100m T63 15.61