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Monica Graziana Contrafatto

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T63, F63

Further personal information

Residence
Rome, ITA
Languages
Italian

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics in 2014, but a knee injury meant she did not compete until 2015. Her first competition was in Rome, Italy.
Why this sport?
She was inspired to take up the sport after watching Italian Para sprinter Martina Caironi win gold in the T42 100m at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. She was in hospital recovering from the injuries she sustained in Afghanistan at the time, and has since competed against Caironi.
Club / Team
Athletic Student Rieti: Italy
Name of coach
Michele Gionfriddo [national, personal], ITA
Training Regime
She does three track sessions and one gym session each week.

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Italy
Tournament
Grand Prix
Location
Grosseto, ITA

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the T42 100m at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coaches Nadia Checchini and Michele Gionfriddo. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017; NPC, 15 Oct 2015)
Hero / Idol
Ivorian sprinter Marie-Josee Ta Lou. (marieclare.com, 06 Mar 2021)
Injuries
In 2014 she injured her knee and missed a year of training. (NPC, 15 Oct 2015)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
Before her race she listens to energising music. (marieclare.com, 06 Mar 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have." (Facebook page, 31 Dec 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2020 she received the Gold Medal for Sporting Valour from the Italian Paralympic Committee [CIP]. (today24.info, 04 Aug 2020)
Other sports
She represented Italy in Para swimming and wheelchair basketball at the 2014 Invictus Games in London, England. (2014.invictusgames.org, 2014)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (sky.it, 20 Feb 2019)
Impairment
She lost her right leg in 2012 while serving with the Italian army in Afghanistan. (ilmessaggero.it, 04 May 2015; meetingrimini.org, 22 Aug 2013)
Other information
ARMY CAREER
She served as a corporal in the Italian army, having first joined in June 2006 as a volunteer. She first went to Afghanistan from November 2009 to April 2010, but during her second mission to the country in 2012 she lost her right leg below the knee. She was the first female soldier in the Italian Army to receive a gold medal for bravery, which she was awarded in May 2015. (alleyoop.ilsole24ore.com, 14 Nov 2019; ilgiornale.it, 26 Mar 2012; ilsole24ore.com, 25 Mar 2012)

BIOGRAPHY
In 2018 she released her biography, which is called 'You don't know how strong you are'. (mondadoristore.it, 25 Sep 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T42 Heat 2 2015-10-29 4
Women's 100 m T42 Final 1 2015-10-30 5
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T42 Heat 2 2016-09-17 2
Women's 100 m T42 Final Round 2016-09-17 3
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T42 Final 1 2017-07-16 2