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PORCELLATO Francesca
Sport Para athletics, Para biathlon, Para cross-country, Para-Cycling
NPC Italy   
GenderWomen
Age48
Place of BirthCastelfranco Veneto, ITA
Height1.63 m
Weight 50 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
H3
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Husband Dino Farinazzo
Residence
Valeggio sul Mincio, ITA
Languages
Italian, English, French
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up handcycling in 2014.
Why this sport?
"I discovered handcycling on the eve of the Winter Games in Sochi, as we used it in training."
Club / Team
GC-Opens Olmedo: Predazzo, ITA
Name of coach
Mario Valentini [national], ITA; Dino Farinazzo [husband, personal]
Training Regime
She trains six hours a day.
General Interest
Nicknames
La Rossa Volante [The Flying Redhead] (francescaporcellato.it, 17 Aug 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Do your best, and never give up." (Athlete, 13 Mar 2014)
Awards and honours
She received the 2012 Verona Giovani award for her sporting successes. (verona-in.it, 18 Dec 2012)

In 2010 she was named a Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. (quirinale.it, 10 Sep 2010)

She was joint flag bearer with swimmer Cecilia Camellini for Italy at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (inail.it, 09 Jul 2009)

In 2004 she was named an Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. She had previously been named a Knight in 2000. (quirinale.it, 2016)
Other sports
She participated in cross-country skiing at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2006, 2010 and 2014, winning gold in the 1km sprint at the 2010 Games in Vancouver. She also competed in athletics at the Paralympic Games in 1988, 1992, 2000, 2004 and 2008, winning a total of two gold, three silver and five bronze medals. (SportsDeskOnline, 26 Jul 2016)
Impairment
She was run over by a truck when she was 18 months old after the driver mistook her for a doll. The accident damaged her spine and resulted in paraplegia. (inail.it, 9 Jul 2009; Athlete, 13 Mar 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
1 1988 100m 2 21.64
2 1988 200m 2 41.24
1 1988 4 x 100m Relay 2-6 1:17.78
3 1988 4 x 200m Relay 2-6 2:41.43
3 1988 4 x 400m Relay 2-6 5:36.54
3 1992 400m TW3 1:03.65
3 2000 100m T53 18.26
6 2000 200m T53 34.65
5 2000 400m T53 1:04.70
5 2000 800m T53 2:10.93
2 2004 100m T53 17.63 
3 2004 400m T53 59.59 
2 2004 800m T53 1:59.55 
5 2008 400m T53 58.83
4 2008 100m T53 17.86
6 2008 200m T53 31.61
5 2008 800m T53 2:01.99
9 2008 Marathon T54 1:54:27
World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
2 1998 100m T54 19.08
3 1998 200m T54 35.28
4 1998 800m T54 2:15.52
6 1998 Marathon T55 2:10:50
4 2002 100m T53 18.32
4 2002 400m T53 1:06.33
4 2002 800m T53 2:11.17
5 2002 Marathon T54 1:58:57
3 2006 100m T53 18.21
3 2006 200m T53 31.62
7 2006 400m T53 1:02.76
4 2006 800m T53 2:12.24
5 2006 Marathon T54 1:59.52
6 2011 100m T53 18.10
5 2011 800m T53 2:06.21
6 2011 200m T53 32.08
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
10 2006 2.5km - Sitting 12:29.9
9 2006 5km - Sitting 21:35.9
  2006 10km - Sitting  DNF
6 2010 5km - Sitting 17:55.9
1 2010 1km Sprint - Sitting  
10 2014 12km - Sitting 49:50.0 
Semifinals 2014 1km Sprint - Sitting 3:09.4
10 2014 5km - Sitting 20:42.1
Paralympic Games - Para-Cycling
Rank Year Event Result
3 2016 H1-3 - Time Trial 34:20.48 
3 2016 H1-4 - Road Race 1:15:58
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
7 2008/2009 5km - Sitting LW10-12 20:10.8
4 2008/2009 1km Sprint - LW10-12  
2 2010/2011 5km - Sitting 13:57.3
5 2010/2011 1km Sprint - Sitting  
11 2012/2013 1km Sprint - Sitting  
10 2012/2013 10km - Sitting 44:55.3
  2012/2013 5km - Sitting  DNS