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Sara Andres Barrio

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T62

Further personal information

Residence
Madrid, ESP
Occupation
Athlete, Motivational Speaker, Teacher
Languages
Spanish
Higher education
Child Psychology - Complutense University of Madrid: Spain

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics at age 28 in Madrid, Spain.
Why this sport?
She has always liked sport, and practised karate, tennis and equestrian before her accident. "I wanted to feel free, feel the air in my face after being in a wheelchair for nine months and many more learning how to walk again."
Club / Team
Club Atletismo Las Rozas Miacum: Madrid, ESP
Name of coach
Carlos Llanos Rodriguez, ESP, from 2016
Training Regime
She trains three or four days a week on the track, and also does three sessions each week at the gym.

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Spain

General interest

Hobbies
Dancing. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the T44 200m at the 2017 World Championships in London, England. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Carlos Llanos Rodriguez. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Coach Carlos Llanos Rodriguez. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I prefer not having feet and knowing where I am going, than having feet and being lost." (Athlete, 13 Jun 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2020 she received the Sport Without Limits Award at the Alberto Pico Solidarity Awards in Santander, Spain. (santander.es, 25 Aug 2020; Facebook profile, 27 Aug 2020)

In 2017 and 2019 she received the Seven Stars Award as Best Female Athlete in Madrid, Spain. (abc.es, 10 Jan 2019; noroestemadrid.com, 08 Feb 2018; mundodeportivo.com, 07 Feb 2018)

In 2017 she received the Juan Palau Award from the Spanish Federation of Sports for People with Physical Impairment [FEDDF]. (cocemfe.es, 10 May 2018)

She was named the 2017 Female Para Athlete of the Year by the Madrid Athletics Federation. (marca.com, 01 Mar 2018)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019; gerente.com, 25 Nov 2019)
Impairment
Both her legs were amputated below the knee after she was involved in a car accident in 2011. (elpais.com, 22 Jan 2019; Athlete, 17 Jul 2017; saraandres.es, 26 Feb 2020; gerente.com, 25 Nov 2019)
Other information
EVENT ELIGIBILITY
She says it is unfair that female athletes with the T62 classification will be unable to compete in 200m and 400m at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. T62 athletes can still compete in 100m alongside T44 and T64 athletes, while a 400m event will also take place for male T62 athletes. "It is not fair. The athletes with single amputations have one foot to lean on at the start, so they are able to react faster. I think they should let us race together or apply the same handicap system as in other events." (as.com, 16 Apr 2021; change.org, 01 Nov 2020; 2020 Paralympic Games medal events programme, 28 Jan 2018)

AUTHOR
She has written a children's book that was published in 2019 titled 'Sabes quien soy?' [Do you know who I am?]. The 36-page illustrated book has five characters with different hobbies and impairments, who show the reader how they live their day-to-day lives. (revistalideras.com, 01 May 2019)

HEALTH ISSUES
She was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in the period between the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and the 2017 World Championships in London, England. She required surgery, and then had a further medical procedure one year later after doctors discovered she had basal cell carcinoma [a form of skin cancer]. "I think that things happen for a reason, and that it is better to face them with a positive attitude rather than being bitter." (elpais.com, 23 Jan 2019; rtve.es, 21 May 2018; gerente.com, 25 Nov 2019)

OCCUPATION
She has worked as a teacher at a primary school in Villanueva de la Canada, Spain. She took a leave of absence from her job in January 2019 in order to focus on preparing for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (runnersworld.com; 20 Jul 2019; elpais.com, 22 Jan 2019; rtve.es, 21 May 2018; saraandres.es, 13 Jun 2017; gerente.com, 25 Nov 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m T44 Final Round 2016-09-12 5
Women's 200 m T44 Heat 1 2016-09-14 4
Women's 100 m T44 Heat 1 2016-09-17 6
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m T44 Final 1 2017-07-16 3
Women's 100 m T44 Heat 2 2017-07-17 13
Women's 200 m T44 Heat 2 2017-07-22 5
Women's 200 m T44 Final 1 2017-07-23 3