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Mandy Francois-Elie

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T37, F37

Further personal information

Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, French
Higher education
Information Technology, Literature Studies - UEROS Martinique: Martinique

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up athletics at age six, and later became involved in Para athletics following her stroke in 2008.
Why this sport?
She was an able-bodied athlete before her stroke. "I love athletics more than any other sport and I love winning."
Club / Team
Foyal Club Handisport : Fort-de-France, MTQ
Name of coach
Jo Maisetti [national], FRA; Sylvie Talmant [national], FRA
Training Regime
She trains at the National Institute of Sport, Expertise and Performance [INSEP] in Paris, France.

International debut

Year
2012
Competing for
France
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Stadskanaal, NED

General interest

Nicknames
Didy (Instagram profile, 23 Jan 2020)
Hobbies
Shopping, fashion. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the T37 100m at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, and claiming silver in the same event at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
Her mother, her family, and coach Georges Maisetti. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
French sprinter Marie-Jose Perec. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Injuries
She competed at the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with an ankle injury. (Instagram profile, 23 Jan 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Give it all." (malakoffmederic.com, 13 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2017 she was named the Best Athlete of the Year by Martinique's Regional Olympic and Sport Committee. (la1ere.francetvinfo.fr, 04 Feb 2018)

In 2013 she received a French Legion of Honour medal in recognition of her performance at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (paralympic.org, 10 Oct 2015)
Ambitions
To win gold at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 23 Jan 2020)
Impairment
She had a stroke in 2008, which affected the right side of her body. "I was three weeks in coma. I had to learn again how to speak. I couldn't even say mum and dad." (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018; lanouvellerepublique.fr, 12 Jun 2018; Instagram profile, 23 Jan 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T37 Heat 1 2012-09-02 1
Women's 100 m T37 Final Round 2012-09-02 1
Women's 400 m T37 Heat 2 2012-09-06 4
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T37 Semifinal 2 2013-07-21 1
Women's 200 m T37 Final 1 2013-07-22 1
Women's 100 m T37 Semifinal 1 2013-07-23 1
Women's 100 m T37 Final 1 2013-07-24 1
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T37 Final 1 2015-10-22 9999
Women's 100 m T37 Heat 1 2015-10-22 2
Women's 400 m T37 Final 1 2015-10-25 2
Women's 200 m T37 Heat 2 2015-10-29 9999
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T37 Heat 1 2016-09-08 1
Women's 100 m T37 Final Round 2016-09-09 2
Women's 400 m T37 Heat 2 2016-09-12 2
Women's 400 m T37 Final Round 2016-09-13 5
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T37 Final 1 2017-07-15 2
Women's 100 m T37 Heat 2 2017-07-22 1
Women's 100 m T37 Final 1 2017-07-22 4