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Martha Liliana Hernandez Florian

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T36, F36

Further personal information

Family
Daughter Naomi [2010]
Residence
Bogotá, COL
Occupation
Sports Teacher
Languages
Spanish
Higher education
Sport Studies - SENA - Physical Activity and Culture Training Centre: Bogotá, COL

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics in 2009. However, she soon got pregnant and had to take a year off.
Why this sport?
She contacted coach Pablo Emilio Pena Sanchez in the hope that she could begin training. "I thought it was incredible because I went from running after chickens to competing on a real athletics track. At first it was hard because I fell a lot, I couldn't coordinate my movements, but thanks to the help they gave me I started to improve my technique and got better every day."
Club / Team
Bogota IDRD: Colombia

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the T36 100m at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (bienestarcolsanitas.com, 01 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coach Pablo Emilio Pena Sanchez. (bienestarcolsanitas.com, 01 Aug 2018)
Injuries
She was unable to train for a year after sustaining periostitis in her tibia [lower leg bone] in 2017. As a result of the injury, she was ruled out of contention for the 2017 World Championships in London, England. (bienestarcolsanitas.com, 01 Aug 2018)
Milestones
She became the first female Colombian athlete to win a Para athletics medal at the Paralympic Games when she claimed bronze in the T36 100m at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 18 Aug 2021; conexioncapital.co, 04 Jun 2020)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (bienestarcolsanitas.com, 01 Aug 2018)
Impairment
She has cerebral palsy as the result of a meningitis infection contracted at three months old. Her movement is restricted in her right side. (senalcolombia.tv, 24 Nov 2015; bienestarcolsanitas.com, 01 Aug 2018)
Other information
FUTURE PLANS
She works as a coach at the Sports and Recreation Institute of Bogota District [IDRD] in Colombia. She wants to continue working as a coach once her competitive career is over. "I want to teach children that everything is possible. Despite difficulties, pain and the thoughts of not being capable, they just have to carry on. I want to teach everything I know to the kids who are coming through." (bienestarcolsanitas.com, 01 Aug 2018; Facebook profile, 11 Aug 2021)

Results

Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Discus Throw F35/36 Final Round 2012-08-31 9
Women's 100 m T36 Heat 2 2012-09-08 5
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Discus Throw F35/36 Final 1 2013-07-25 5
Women's 100 m T36 Final 1 2013-07-27 5
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T36 Heat 1 2016-09-08 2
Women's 100 m T36 Final Round 2016-09-09 3
Women's 200 m T36 Heat 2 2016-09-12 4
Women's 4x100 m T35-38 Final Round 2016-09-15 5
Women's Shot Put F36 Final Round 2016-09-17 5