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Elizabeth Gomes

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F52

Further personal information

Residence
Santos, BRA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Portuguese, Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began training in Para athletics at Fast Wheels club in Santos, Brazil, in 2012. She previously competed in wheelchair basketball and retired in 2010.
Why this sport?
"It brought me quality of life and professionalism."
Club / Team
Fast Wheels [BRA] / Associacao Santista Paraesportiva [BRA]:
Name of coach
Rosi Farias [Fast Wheels], from 2012; Amaury Wagner Verissimo [national]

International debut

Year
2006
Competing for
Brazil

General interest

Nicknames
Beth (Facebook profile, 01 May 2018)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian basketball player Hortencia Marcari. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Injuries
In 2017 she sustained an injury that affected the left side of her body and required her to change her technique. (cpb.org.br, 26 Apr 2018)
Other sports
She represented Brazil in wheelchair basketball at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (SportsDeskOnline, 10 Jul 2017; atribuna.com.br, 18 Jun 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (atribuna.com.br, 21 Dec 2018)
Impairment
She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1993. (cpb.org.br, 08 Jun 2017)
Other information
RECLASSIFICATION
In 2018 she was reclassified from F55 to F52 by the International Paralympic Committee [IPC]. "This situation now is very different for me because my multiple sclerosis is getting worse. My power is decreasing and the movement in my hand is getting worse, so I have to throw in a different way. I fight every day against this disease; I live every day like the last one. I am very happy to show people that we have the capacity to do whatever we want to do." (paralympic.org, 15 Jun 2018)

SPORTSWOMAN
She worked as a municipal guard in Santos, Brazil, and played volleyball at the city's Civil Servant Games prior to being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1993. "They told me I couldn't do anything else. I did not accept that, I had a very active life and loved sports." She was then encouraged to take up an adaptive sport and began practising wheelchair basketball in 1996 at Reboucas Sports and Recreation Complex in Santos. "I stayed indoor with no motivation to live. In 1996 I got to know wheelchair basketball and finally found a reason to go on with my life." (atribuna.com.br, 21 Dec 2018; lmc.org.br, 26 May 2015)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Tournament Group A 4
Women's Tournament Group A 7
Women's Tournament Group A 9
Women's Tournament Group A 10
Women's Tournament Classification 9-10 1
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F54 Final 1 2013-07-22 5
Women's Discus Throw F54-56 Final 1 2013-07-23 5
Women's Javelin F54-56 Final 1 2013-07-25 10
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Javelin F54 Final 1 2015-10-23 6
Women's Shot Put F54 Final 1 2015-10-25 3
Women's Discus Throw F55 Final 1 2015-10-28 12
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F55 Final 1 2017-07-15 5
Women's Discus Throw F55 Final 1 2017-07-21 8