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Martina Willing

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F56

Further personal information

Residence
Brandenburg, GER
Languages
German

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics in 1981, after initially competing in events for athletes with a vision impairment. Following complications from a knee injury she sustained at the 1994 Paralympic Winter Games, she began competing in wheelchair events in 1996.
Why this sport?
She overheard a conversation about Para sport in her office. "My parents never treated me differently, so I had never been to a special school. During a conversation at my office, I heard someone talking about sports for the impaired. Then I got in touch."
Club / Team
BPRSV Cottbus: Germany
Name of coach
Petra Ritter [personal], from 2012
Training Regime
She includes horse riding in her training schedule to strengthen her core muscles.

International debut

Year
1992
Competing for
Germany
Tournament
Paralympic Games
Location
Barcelona, ESP

General interest

Nicknames
Keule (Athlete, 24 Jun 2010)
Hobbies
Sports, animals. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold medals at the 1992, 1996 and 2008 Paralympic Games. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I can't live without sport. It is a piece of quality of life for me. Even if I stop doing competitive sports, I will I continue to exercise." (sportbuzzer.de, 01 Oct 2019; brandenburger-koepfe.de, 01 Oct 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2016 she received the Silbernen Lorbeerblatt [Silver Laurel Leaf], the highest sports award in Germany. (bundespraesident.de, 01 Nov 2016)

In 2001 she was presented with the Golden Band [Golden Ribbon] by the Sports Journalists' Association Berlin-Brandenburg in Germany. (germanroadraces.de, 16 Nov 2017)

She received the Whang Youn Dai Achievement Award from the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] at the closing ceremony of the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney. (paralympic.org, 31 Aug 2009)
Other sports
She won silver in cross-country skiing and bronze in biathlon at the 1994 Paralympic Winter Games in Lillehammer. (SportsDeskOnline, 01 Jun 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (rbb-online.de, 22 Sep 2016)
Impairment
She was born with a vision impairment. She then injured her knee while competing in cross-country skiing at the 1994 Paralympic Winter Games in Lillehammer. Complications occurred during surgery on the injury, which resulted in paraplegia. (openpr.de, 27 Feb 2017; sport1.de, 29 Oct 2015)
Other information
TOKYO EXPERIENCE
In 2019 she went to Tokyo to familiarise herself with the conditions and accommodation facilities. "The climatic conditions with the muggy heat were special." (sportbuzzer.de, 01 Oct 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Lillehammer 1994 Paralympic Winter Games (Lillehammer, Norway)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 3x2.5 km Relay Open Final Round 2
Women's 7.5 km B1-3 Final Round 3
Women's 5 km Classical Technique B1 Final Round 4
Women's 5 km Free Technique B1 Final Round 4
Women's 15 km Classical Technique B1 Final Round 9999
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F56-58 Final Round 3
Women's Discus Throw F56-58 Final Round 4
Women's Javelin F56-58 Final Round 6
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F55/56/57 Final Round 3
Women's Discus Throw F54/55/56 Final Round 2
Women's Javelin F54/55/56 Final Round 1
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F54-56 Final Round 2
Women's Discus Throw F54-56 Final Round 6
Women's Javelin F54-56 Final Round 1
IPC Athletics World Championships Villeneuve d'Ascq 2002 (Villeneuve d'Ascq, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Javelin F54-56 Final Round 2
Women's Discus Throw F54-56 Final Round 3
Women's Shot Put F56-57 Final Round 2
Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games (Barcelona, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put B1 Final Round 3
Women's Discus Throw B1 Final Round 2
Women's Javelin B1>3 Final Round 1
Women's Pentathlon B3 Final Round 4
Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games (Atlanta, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F53-54 Final Round 3
Women's Discus Throw F53-54 Final Round 3
Women's Javelin F53-54 Final Round 1
IPC Athletics World Championships Birmingham 1998 (Birmingham, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F55 Final Round 2
Women's Javelin F55 Final Round 1
Women's Discus Throw F55 Final Round 2
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games (Sydney, Australia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Javelin F58 Final Round 4
Women's Discus Throw F58 Final Round 11
Women's Shot Put F57 Final Round 2
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Discus Throw F54-56 Final 2011-01-25 4
Women's Javelin F54-56 Final 2011-01-27 2
Women's Shot Put F54-56 Final 2011-01-29 6
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F54-56 Final Round 2012-09-01 4
Women's Javelin F54-56 Final Round 2012-09-05 3
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F55-57 Final 1 2013-07-21 1
Women's Discus Throw F54-56 Final 1 2013-07-23 2
Women's Javelin F54-56 Final 1 2013-07-25 5
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Discus Throw F57 Final 1 2015-10-27 8
Women's Javelin F56 Final 1 2015-10-29 1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F57 Final Round 2016-09-08 9
Women's Javelin F56 Final Round 2016-09-10 2
Women's Discus Throw F57 Final Round 2016-09-15 9
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Javelin F56 Final 1 2017-07-17 3