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Diana Laura Coraza Castaneda

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T11, F11
Guide
Jorge Gaspar, Daniel Garcia

Further personal information

Residence
San Martín Texmelucan de Labastida, MEX
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Spanish
Higher education
Language Studies - Madero University: Puebla, MEX

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up athletics at age seven in Puebla, Mexico.
Why this sport?
Her father enrolled her in an athletics team.
Name of coach
Fernando Bravo [national]

International debut

Year
2014
Competing for
Mexico
Tournament
Grand Prix
Location
Berlin, GER

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the T11 800m at the 2017 World Championships in London, England. (Sporting Puebla, 01 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
Her father. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
US athlete Marla Runyan. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2017)
Injuries
In 2013 she had a number of injuries that hampered her preparation for the 2013 Aguascalientes National Paralympiad in Mexico. (deporpuebla.blogspot.com.es, 06 Jun 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The road to victory starts by winning the race against yourself. The goal is to improve my records." (ministropublico.com, 27 Jul 2015)
Awards and honours
In 2017 she received a National Sports Award from the Mexican government. (esto.com.mx, 20 Apr 2018)

She received the 2017 Olmec Wrestler Award from the Mexican Sports Confederation [CODEME]. (laaficion.milenio.com, 20 Apr 2016)

She received the Puebla State Sports Award in 2014 and 2016. (gob.mx, 19 Oct 2016; ultra.com, 26 Nov 2014)
Other sports
She was a member of the Puebla state goalball team that won gold at the 2013 Aguascalientes National Paralympiad in Mexico. She has also played Para football for Topos Puebla. (deporpuebla.blogspot.com.es, 06 Jun 2013; elsoldepuebla.com.mx, 15 Jun 2017)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the Paralympic Games. (elpais.com, 29 Dec 2017)
Impairment
She was born with glaucoma and lost her vision at age 12. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2017; Facebook page, 26 Apr 2018; elsoldepuebla.com.mx, 08 Mar 2021)
Other information
BUSINESS
In 2020, she launched Olimpo, an online sports apparel store. "After the cancellation of all the sporting events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I thought about having a plan B because I did not know what would I do in my life. I wanted a job or something, but I knew I did not have the time to do it. So I thought about creating a job and while talking with some friends about my interest in sportswear, I got the idea." (olimposports.com, 2021; Twitter profile, 11 Aug 2021; cronicapuebla.com, 24 Jan 2021)

OTHER ROLES
She served as the director of the Municipal Institute of Sports in the city of Puebla, Mexico, for ten months in 2018 and 2019. (elsoldepuebla.com.mx, 08 Mar 2021; comunicatedigital.com, 15 Aug 2019)

FURTHER STUDIES
She has also studied at the University of the Americas Puebla [UDLAP] in Cholula, Mexico. (Facebook profile, 02 Dec 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m T11 Heat 3 2015-10-22 5
Women's 200 m T11 Heat 1 2015-10-24 9
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T11 Heat 4 2016-09-12 3
Women's 400 m T11 Heat 1 2016-09-15 3
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m T11 Heat 1 2017-07-16 3
Women's 800 m T11 Heat 1 2017-07-18 1
Women's 400 m T11 Final 1 2017-07-20 2
Women's 800 m T11 Final 1 2017-07-22 1