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Lia Beel Quintana

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T11, F11
Guide
David Alonso Gutierrez [husband]

Further personal information

Family
Husband David Alonso Gutierrez
Residence
Toledo, ESP
Occupation
Athlete, Physiotherapist
Languages
English, French, Spanish
Higher education
Physiotherapy - Autonomous University of Madrid: Spain

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She got involved in athletics at age 12 in Burgos, Spain. She began training seriously at age 18.
Why this sport?
She took up the sport as a hobby that she could do with her friends while she was at high school.
Club / Team
Club Deportivo Dromos: Spain
Name of coach
Juan Jose Morgado Martin

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Spain
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Doha, QAT

General interest

Hobbies
Reading, theatre, travel, spending time with her dogs. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the women's T11 200m at the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her husband [and guide] David Alonso Gutierrez, and her mother. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Spanish Para sprinter Purificacion Santamarta. (Diario de Burgos, 01 Apr 2011)
Injuries
In 2021 she fractured three toes in her left foot. (Instagram profile, 06 Mar 2021)

In 2013 she broke her tibia and fibula [lower leg] bones during training. After two operations she returned to the sport in January 2015. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019; diariodeburgos.es, 15 Jul 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you can dream it, you can achieve it." (patrocinaundeportista.com, 01 Jan 2016)
Awards and honours
In 2019 she was named Best Inclusive Female Athlete by the Madrid Athletics Federation in Spain. (atletismomadrid.com, 22 Feb 2019)

In 2017 she received the Podium Award for Sport and Impairment from the government of Castile and Leon in Spain. (deporteadaptadocyl.org, 01 Nov 2017)

She was given the 2017 Women and Sport Award by the Castile and Leon Federation of Impaired Sport in Spain. (afedecyl.com, 29 Nov 2017)

She was named 2016 Para Athlete of the Year in Burgos, Spain. (Facebook profile, 21 Apr 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (patrocinaundeportista.com, 26 Feb 2019)
Impairment
She has a vision impairment as the result of retinitis pigmentosa. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019; diariodeburgos.es, 28 Jul 2015)
Other information
OCCUPATION
She works as a physiotherapist at a clinic in Toledo, Spain. (Radiotelevision Diocesana de Toledo YouTube channel, 20 Feb 2021; marca.com, 29 May 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m T11 Heat 3 2015-10-22 11
Women's 800 m T11 Heat 2 2015-10-29 6
Women's 4x100 m T11-13 Final 1 2015-10-31 3
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T11 Heat 1 2016-09-08 4
Women's 200 m T11 Heat 5 2016-09-12 4
Women's 4x100 m T11-13 Final Round 2016-09-14 4
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T11 Heat 2 2017-07-15 6
Women's 100 m T11 Heat 2 2017-07-18 6