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Francesca Porcellato

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
H3

Further personal information

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)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 5 km Sitting Final Round 6
Women's 1 km Sprint Sitting Final Round 1
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T53 Final Round 3
Women's 200 m T53 Heat 1 2
Women's 100 m T53 Final Round 3
Women's 100 m T53 Heat 3 2
Women's 400 m T53 Heat 2 2
Women's 400 m T53 Final Round 7
Women's 800 m T53 Final Round 4
Women's Marathon T54 Final Round 5
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 800 m T53 Final Round 2
Women's 800 m T53 Heat 2 1
Women's 400 m T53 Final Round 3
Women's 400 m T53 Heat 1 2
Women's 100 m T53 Final Round 2
IPC Athletics World Championships Villeneuve d'Ascq 2002 (Villeneuve d'Ascq, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Marathon T54 Final Round 5
Women's 800 m T53 Final Round 4
Women's 400 m T53 Final Round 4
Women's 100 m T53 Final Round 4
Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games (Torino, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 10 km Sitski Final Round 9999
Women's 5 km Sitski Final Round 9
Women's 2.5 km Sitski Final Round 10
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Marathon T54 Final Round 9
Women's 800 m T53 Final Round 5
Women's 400 m T53 Final Round 5
Women's 400 m T53 Heat 1 4
Women's 200 m T53 Final Round 6
Women's 200 m T53 Heat 1 3
Women's 100 m T53 Final Round 4
Women's 100 m T53 Heat 1 3
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games (Sydney, Australia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 800 m T53 Final Round 5
Women's 400 m T53 Final Round 5
Women's 200 m T53 Final Round 6
Women's 100 m T53 Final Round 3
Seoul 1988 Paralympic Games (Seoul, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m 2 Final Round 1
Women's 4x400 m 2-6 Final Round 3
Women's 4x200 m 2-6 Final Round 3
Women's 4x100 m 2-6 Final Round 1
Women's 800 m 2 Final Round 6
Women's 400 m 2 Final Round 5
Women's 400 m 2 Heat 2 2
Women's 200 m 2 Final Round 2
Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games (Barcelona, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 800 m TW3 Final Round 5
Women's 400 m TW3 Final Round 3
Women's 400 m TW3 Heat 2 2
Women's 200 m TW3 Final Round 7
Women's 200 m TW3 Heat 2 2
Women's 100 m TW3 Final Round 5
Women's 1500 m TW3-4 Final Round 11
Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games (Atlanta, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T52 Heat 1 3
Women's 100 m T52 Final Round 6
Women's Marathon T52-53 Final Round 10
Women's 200 m T52 Heat 2 4
Women's 200 m T52 Final Round 6
Women's 400 m T52 Heat 2 5
Women's 400 m T52 Final Round 7
Women's 800 m T52 Final Round 4
Women's 1500 m T52-53 Final Round 9999
IPC Athletics World Championships Birmingham 1998 (Birmingham, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Marathon T55 Final Round 6
Women's 800 m T54 Final Round 4
Women's 200 m T54 Final Round 3
Women's 100 m T54 Final Round 2
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T53 Heat 1 2011-01-22 3
Women's 100 m T53 Final 2011-01-23 6
Women's 800 m T53 Final 2011-01-24 5
Women's 200 m T53 Heat 1 2011-01-24 3
Women's 200 m T53 Final 2011-01-25 6
IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships Solleftea (Solleftea, Sweden)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Sprint - Classic Sitting Final 2013-02-25 11
Women's Long Distance - Classic Sitting Final 2013-02-26 10
Women's Middle Distance - Classic Sitting Final 2013-03-05 9999
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 12 km Sitting Final Round 2014-03-09 10
Women's 1 km Sprint Sitting Semifinal 2014-03-12 9
Women's 5 km Sitting Final Round 2014-03-16 10
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Time Trial H1-3 Final Round 2016-09-14 3
Women's Road Race H1-4 Final Round 2016-09-15 3