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    Martina Caironi

    Ones to watch
    Italy Italy Para athletics 13 September 1989

    Bergamo, Italy

    Martina Caironi of Italy crosses the line to win the Women's 100m T42 Final at the London 2017 World Para Athletics Championships.

    Biography

    Human Interest
    Data Value
    Impairment Information
    Type of Impairment Limb deficiency
    Origin of Impairment Acquired
    Classification T63, F63
    Further Personal Information
    Residence Bologna, ITA
    Occupation Athlete
    Languages English, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish
    Higher education Linguistics - University of Bologna: Italy
    Sport Specific Information
    When and where did you begin this sport? She took up Para athletics in 2010 in Imola, Italy.
    Why this sport? She discovered she enjoyed training for running and jumping events.
    Club / Team Fiamme Gialle: Rome, ITA
    Name of coach Michele Gionfriddo [national], ITA
    General Interest
    Nicknames Marty (Instagram profile, 25 Jun 2018)
    Hobbies Reading, listening to beautiful relaxing music and getting a "crowd bath" at the concerts. (Website profile, 05 Aug 2016)
    Memorable sporting achievement Winning medals at the Paralympic Games in 2012 and 2016. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
    Hero / Idol South African politician Nelson Mandela, US musician Jimi Hendrix, Italian sprinter Pietro Mennea. (paralympic.org, 22 Feb 2015)
    Injuries An ankle problem meant she had to take a break from the long jump after competing at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (ilgiorno.it, 20 May 2013)
    Sporting philosophy / motto "Enjoy your efforts, you will be repaid sooner or later." (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
    Awards and honours She was Italy's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (iodonna.it, 2016)

    She was named the 2015 Paralympic Athlete of the Year at the Gazzetta dello Sport Awards in Milan, Italy. (comitatoparalimpico.it, 18 Dec 2015)

    In May 2015 she was named Athlete of the Month by the International Paralympic Committee [IPC]. (insidethegames.biz, 08 Jun 2015)
    Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (ecodibergamo.it, 21 Apr 2017)
    Impairment In 2007 she was involved in a motorcycle accident that resulted in the amputation of her left leg above the knee. (storiedisport.it, 09 Dec 2012; superabile.it, 16 Aug 2012)

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