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Laura Cerero Gabriel

Powerlifting
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Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Family
Son Cristian, daughter Ana Laura
Residence
Oaxaca de Juárez, MEX
Occupation
Athlete, Coach
Languages
Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 1998 in Mexico City, Mexico.
Why this sport?
"In the beginning I was told that this was a sport for men only, but I believed women were also capable of doing whatever the men could. When I saw other women competitors, I wanted to be as strong as them."
Club / Team
Asociacion de Deportes sobre Silla de Ruedas de Oaxaca: Mexico
Name of coach
Jesus Garcia [national]

International debut

Year
1998
Competing for
Mexico
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Dubai, UAE

General interest

Nicknames
La Reina Zapoteca ['Zapotec Queen', because she was born in the village of Villa de Zaachila, outside Oaxaca, Mexico, which was founded by the Zapotec culture]. (rotativooaxaca.com, 08 Aug 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney. (Athlete, 04 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
Her coach, and her family. (Athlete, 04 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
Mexican powerlifter Amalia Perez. (Athlete, 04 Dec 2017)
Injuries
She sustained a shoulder injury in 2016. She returned to international competition in May 2017 at the World Cup event in Eger, Hungary. (nvinoticias.com, 20 May 2017)

In 2014 she injured her shoulder and was sidelined for a few months after undergoing surgery. (noticiasnet.mx, 20 Aug 2015; imparcialoaxaca.mx, 28 Dec 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"There are no limits." (Athlete, 04 Dec 2017)
Impairment
Her impairment is a result of the effects of polio. She contracted the illness as a baby. (Athlete, 04 Dec 2017)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
She coordinates a project in Oaxaca, Mexico, which is aimed at encouraging young people from the state to get involved in sport and become more active. "Sport is a way to work out, make some friends and be physical and mentally healthy." (imparcialoaxaca.mx, 28 Aug 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games (Sydney, Australia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -40 kg Final Round 3
IPC Powerlifting World Championships Kuala Lumpur 2002 (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -40 kg Final Round 2
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -40 kg Final Round 3
IPC Powerlifting World Championships Busan 2006 (Busan, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -40 kg Final Round 2
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -40 kg Final Round 3
2010 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Up to 44.00kg Final 2010-07-25 9999
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -44 kg Final Round 2012-08-31 9999
2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Up to 45.00 kg MD Final 2014-04-06 3
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -45 kg Final Round 2016-09-09 9999
Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Up to 45.00kg Final 2017-12-04 9999