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Margarita Faundez

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T11, F11
Guide
Francisco Segovia

Further personal information

Residence
Chile
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age 20 in Santiago, Chile.
Why this sport?
A friend invited her to try the sport. "I realised that I liked to run and to challenge myself every day. I feel free when I am running."
Club / Team
Club Jaguares: Santiago, CHI
Name of coach
Raul Moya [personal]

General interest

Nicknames
Maggi (elfaromormon.org, 27 Mar 2014)
Hobbies
Music, art. (Athlete, 09 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the T12 1500m at the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Apr 2021; Athlete, 09 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Ricardo Opazo. (Athlete, 09 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Chilean Para distance runner Cristian Valenzuela. (Athlete, 09 Nov 2019)
Injuries
In 2018 she sustained a fracture to her right foot. She recovered in time to compete at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru, where she won bronze in the T11 1500m. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Apr 2021; milenio.com, 25 Aug 2019; Facebook profile, 10 Jul 2019; Instagram profile, 24 Mar 2019)

A knee injury affected her performance at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Following the Games, she was unable to train until March 2017. (virun.cl, 15 Jun 2017)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She prays before every competition. (Ministerio del Deporte de Chile Facebook page, 09 Oct 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Improve every day." (Athlete, 22 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
She was presented with an Outstanding Performance award by the Chilean government in recognition of her performance at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (emol.com, 31 Dec 2016)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo and to compete at the 2023 Parapan American Games in Santiago, Chile, and the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (Ministerio del Deporte de Chile Facebook page, 09 Oct 2020; Abastible YouTube channel, 19 Jul 2018)
Impairment
At age five she was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a condition that causes her vision to slowly deteriorate. (Athlete, 09 Nov 2019; parasuramericanos.santiago2014.cl, 30 Mar 2014)
Other information
INJURY COMEBACK
She considered quitting the sport during the early part of 2019 after fracturing her right foot and losing her financial support from the Chilean government. She decided to persevere following encouragement from coach Sebastian Alarcon Marchant and guide Rodrigo Machado Hamilton. She believes she made the right choice after winning bronze in the T11 1500m at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. "I feared I wouldn't reach the Games for a number of reasons. But the moment I was on the starting line, I was happy to be there, to feel that I had overcome the infinite obstacles I encountered along the way. I feel happy for the bronze medal I won. I really carry it like a gold medal in my heart." In 2020, she said she expects to retire from competitive sport after the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (Ministerio del Deporte de Chile Facebook page, 09 Oct 2020; Facebook profile, 27 Aug 2019; milenio.com, 25 Aug 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m T12 Heat 2 2015-10-22 7
Women's 1500 m T13 Final 1 2015-10-30 3
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 1500 m T13 Heat 1 2016-09-08 3
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 1500 m T11 Heat 1 2017-07-15 5
Women's 1500 m T11 Final 1 2017-07-17 6
Women's 800 m T11 Heat 2 2017-07-18 8