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Maritza Arango Buitrago

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T11, F11
Guide
Jonathan Sanchez, from 2012

Further personal information

Family
Son Juan Esteban
Residence
Medellín, COL
Languages
Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up athletics in 2008 in the Antioquia Athletics League in Medellin, Colombia.
Why this sport?
A friend invited her to try the sport. As her results improved, she wanted to continue in order to compete at an elite level. "I wanted to change my life and grow as a person."
Club / Team
Antioquia: Colombia
Name of coach
Alonso Mina [national]; Freyman Arias [national]

General interest

Hobbies
Going for walks. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the 1500m at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
Her son. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Discipline, consistency, and responsibility." (Athlete, 22 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
In 2016 she received the Athlete of the Year award from the Colombian Association of Sports Journalists. (Minuto30.com, 20 Dec 2016)

She was named Best Para Athlete of the Antioquia region of Colombia in 2015. (capsulas.com.co, 01 Dec 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Facebook profile, 15 Nov 2019)
Impairment
She was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa in 2003. The illness developed at age 24, and she gradually lost her sight completely. She was affected by depression following the diagnosis. "I spent two years crying, locked in my home with my son. I didn't want to go outside." (Athlete, 08 Nov 2019; Teleantioquia YouTube channel, 12 Sep 2019; elmundo.com, 05 Mar 2011)
Other information
LATE STARTER
She began running at age 30, five years after she was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa. "For me it was a difficult process when I lost my vision. I would stay at home and wouldn't go anywhere. I wanted to start doing sports and I started training three days a week. With discipline and dedication I became a Para athlete for Colombia in 2010. Sport changed my life 99%." (Teleantioquia YouTube channel, 12 Sep 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m T11 Heat 3 2011-01-25 2
Women's 400 m T11 Final 2011-01-26 4
Women's 800 m T11 Heat 2 2011-01-27 1
Women's 800 m T11 Final 2011-01-29 2
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 1500 m T12 Final Round 2012-09-04 6
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 800 m T11 Semifinal 2 2013-07-20 2
Women's 800 m T11 Final 1 2013-07-21 2
Women's 1500 m T12 Semifinal 1 2013-07-26 5
Women's 1500 m T12 Final 1 2013-07-27 4
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 1500 m T11 Heat 1 2015-10-25 1
Women's 1500 m T11 Final 1 2015-10-26 2
Women's 800 m T11 Heat 2 2015-10-29 1
Women's 800 m T11 Final 1 2015-10-30 9999
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 4x100 m T11-13 Final Round 2016-09-14 3
Women's 1500 m T11 Heat 2 2016-09-15 1
Women's 1500 m T11 Final Round 2016-09-17 3
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 1500 m T11 Heat 2 2017-07-15 2
Women's 1500 m T11 Final 1 2017-07-17 2
Women's 800 m T11 Heat 3 2017-07-18 4
Women's 800 m T11 Final 1 2017-07-22 3