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Esther Rivera

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F53

Further personal information

Family
Husband Cecilio, sons Alvaro Alonso and Livan, daughter Cecilia Esther
Residence
Ciudad Obregón, MEX
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age 26 in Sonora, Mexico.
Why this sport?
She had to try the sport as part of her rehabilitation.
Name of coach
Francisca Dorticos Madrazo
Training Regime
She trains up to three hours daily at the Esther Rivera Paralympic Centre in Sonora, Mexico.

General interest

Nicknames
Katel (Athens, 2004)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. (tribuna.info, 08 Mar 2016)
Hero / Idol
Australian sprinter Cathy Freeman. (discapacinet.gob.mx, 04 Jun 2007)
Injuries
In 2011 she suffered a minor wrist injury. (sondeportes.com, 29 Nov 2011)

In 2005 she broke her elbow after a fall from her wheelchair. (eluniversal.com.mx, 11 Feb 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I'm just a human being that does what she likes. I know life is difficult, but I try to make it easier." (eluniversal.com.mx, 11 Feb 2012; deporte.org.mx, 24 Sep 2004)
Awards and honours
In 2005 she received an award from the Women National Institute for her contribution to female sport in Mexico. (eluniversal.com.mx, 11 Feb 2012)

In 2004 she was named the Woman of the Year by Glamour magazine, in its Spanish version. (medulardigital.com, 01 Mar 2012)

The Paralympic High Performance Centre in Sonora, Mexico was named after her. (diariodelyaqui.mx, 09 Jul 2015)
Impairment
She has paraplegia as a result of the effects of polio contracted at nine months old. (medulardigital.com, 01 Mar 2012)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
She is the president of the social service Discapacitados de Ciudad Obregon [Impaired People of Obregon City]. (tribuna.info, 06 Feb 2016)

TRAINING FIELD HONOUR
A training field for impaired athletes is named after her in Obregon City, Mexico. (archivo.eluniversal.com.mx, 11 Feb 2012)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Javelin F33/34/52/53 Final Round 1
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Discus Throw F33/34/51-53 Final Round 8
Women's Javelin F33/34/52/53 Final Round 2
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Javelin F33/34/52/53 Final Round 4
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Javelin F33/34/52/53 Final 2011-01-28 9
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Javelin F52/53/33/34 Final Round 2012-09-03 9
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Javelin F52/53 Final 1 2013-07-23 3
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Javelin F54 Final 1 2015-10-23 9