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ALMADA Mariela
Sport Para athletics
NPC Argentina   
GenderWomen
Age38
Place of BirthBuenos Aires, ARG
Height1.68 m
Weight 68 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T12, F12
Further Personal Information
Residence
Buenos Aires, ARG
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 1987 at school. She began training seriously at age 18 in San Justo, Argentina.
Why this sport?
She was passionate about the sport.
Club / Team
River Plate: Buenos Aires, ARG
Name of coach
Javier Alvarez
Senior International Debut
Year
1998
Competing for
Argentina
Tournament
IBSA World Championships
Location
Madrid, ESP
General Interest
Nicknames
Maru (SAAP Facebook page, 13 Aug 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the F12-13 discus throw at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coach Javier Alvarez. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
Uruguayan footballer Enzo Francescoli. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Persevere and you will succeed." (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2017 World Championships in London, England. (cariverplate.com.ar, 14 Jun 2017)
Impairment
She has glaucoma and a congenital cataract. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
8 2004 Shot Put F12 9.81 
6 2004 Discus Throw F13 35.20 
6 2008 Shot Put F12-13 10.74
3 2008 Discus Throw F12-13 38.03
6 2012 Discus Throw F11/12 36.52
17 2012 Shot Put F11/12 9.72
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
9 2002 Shot Put F12 9.00
11 2002 Discus Throw F12 26.65
4 2006 Shot Put F12 10.53
4 2006 Discus Throw F12 34.35
7 2011 Discus Throw F12 35.89
5 2011 Shot Put F12 10.60
5 2013 Discus Throw F11/12 36.14
5 2013 Shot Put F12 10.06
5 2015 Discus Throw F12 33.89
8 2015 Shot Put F12 10.33
5 2017 Discus Throw F12 35.12
10 2017 Shot Put F12 10.22