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Gloria Zarza Guadarrama

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
F54

Further personal information

Family
Son Carlos Alberto
Languages
Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 2013 in Toluca, Mexico.
Why this sport?
She entered the sport because she wanted to improve her health and lose some weight. Coach Ricardo Robles advised her to try throwing events.
Club / Team
Mexico State: Mexico
Name of coach
Ivan Rodriguez Luna [national], MEX
Training Regime
She trains five days a week at the facilities of the Mexican Sports and Physical Culture Commission in Mexico City, Mexico.

International debut

Year
2016
Competing for
Mexico
Tournament
Paralympic Games
Location
Rio de Janeiro, BRA

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the F54 shot put at the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (estadodemexico.jornada.com.mx, 16 Dec 2020)
Most influential person in career
Her son. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
Mexican Para athlete Estela Salas Marin. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2017)
Injuries
She sustained an injury in her right shoulder in 2017. (El Sol de Toluca, 12 Aug 2018; elsoldetoluca.com.mx, 13 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Limits do not exist." (Athlete, 15 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2020 she received the Civil Merit Medal in the sports category in Zinacantepec, Mexico. (asisucede.com.mx, 31 Aug 2020)

In 2019 a rehabilitation consulting room was named after her at the facilities of the Sports and Physical Culture Institute in Zinacantepec, Mexico. (ecosdelestado.com, 06 Sep 2019)

in 2017 she received the Sports Award in Mexico State, Mexico. (elsoldetoluca.com.mx, 13 Dec 2017; mvt.com.mx, 20 Nov 2017)
Impairment
She was born with hip dysplasia. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2017)
Other information
MEDAL UPGRADE
In December 2020 she was upgraded from fourth to the bronze medal position of the F53/F54/F55 shot put at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru, after US athlete Sebastiana Lopez was disqualified for returning an adverse analytical finding during a doping test. "It was a surprise for me. I have already left behind that page of my career. At the time I was sad [after finishing in fourth place]. I asked myself what I had done wrong. I prepared well, never stopped training. I felt bad but turned the page." (estadodemexico.jornada.com.mx, 16 Dec 2020; paralympic.org, 11 Dec 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F54 Final Round 2016-09-10 4
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F54 Final 1 2017-07-18 3