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Leidy Rodriguez Rodriguez

Powerlifting

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency

Further personal information

Family
Son Osmai [2004]
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began powerlifting in 2011 in Bayamo, Cuba.
Why this sport?
She was invited to try the sport by coaches and other athletes. "I did not want to do it, but then I did and now I feel wonderful. The sport helps us, people with an impairment, to be stronger and more independent."
Name of coach
Ramon Martinez [national]
Training Regime
She trains at the Martires de Barbados Stadium in Bayamo, Cuba.

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Cuba
Location
Mexico City, MEX

General interest

Hobbies
Playing sitting volleyball. (jit.cu, 01 Dec 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the 41kg category at the 2017 World Championships in Mexico City, Mexico. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her mother and her son. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2019)
Hero / Idol
Cuban Para powerlifter Danilo Rodriguez. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I never set limits." (juventudrebelde.cu, 23 Aug 2016)
Awards and honours
In 2018 she was given a Citation Award in Granma Province, Cuba. (lademajagua.cu, 12 Dec 2018)

In 2015 she was named among the Top 10 Outstanding Paralympic Athletes in Cuba by the Cuban Sports Institute [INDER]. (jit.cu, 08 Dec 2015; granma.cu, 07 Dec 2015)

In 2015 she was named Para Sport Newcomer of the Year in Cuba. (juventudrebelde.cu, 23 Aug 2016)
Milestones
She became the first female powerlifter to represent Cuba at the Paralympic Games when she competed at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 02 Aug 2021; jit.cu, 01 Dec 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 and 2024 Paralympic Games and win a medal. (jit.cu, 01 Dec 2020)
Impairment
She was born with equinovarus, also known as club foot, with the condition affecting both feet. At age two she underwent surgery to correct the malformation, but gangrene appeared following the operation and both her legs were amputated below the knee. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2019, 05 Dec 2017; juventudrebelde.cu, 23 Aug 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -41 kg Final Round 2016-09-08 6
Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Up to 41.00kg Final 2017-12-03 2