Yanive Torres Martinez
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Further personal information
Daughter Marian 
Sport specific information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age eight and she has also played basketball. She took up Para athletics in 2007 in Bogota, Colombia.
Why this sport?
As a child she spent a lot of time outdoors so she was inclined to do sports. After her accident, coach Pablo Pena saw her in a wheelchair in Bogota, Colombia, and asked her if she was interested in trying athletics. She did not accept because the practice field was too far from her house. However, a year later she met Pena for a second time, and he once again invited her to start training. "He convinced me. He gave me all the information and that was when my Para sport career began. Here I am and I am happy."
Club / Team
Name of coach
Alonso Mina [national]; Freyman Arias [national]; Pablo Pena [personal], COL, from 2008
Camping, swimming, going to the beach, riding four-wheel motorbikes. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Placing fifth in the F54 shot put at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Pablo Pena. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2019)
In 2020 she underwent surgery on her spine after she got an infection that damaged one of her vertebra. (cpc.org.co, 23 Mar 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If there is a passion to fulfil your dream, there are no limits or obstacles to achieve them." (cpc.org.co, 23 Mar 2021)
In 1997 she had hepatitis A. The illness made her feel weak and one day she fell from a tree. She damaged her spinal cord and lost the mobility in her legs. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2019; laud.udistrital.edu.co, 29 May 2015; Prensa IDRD, 27 Sep 2014)
|Women's Shot Put F54-56||Final Round||2012-09-01||14|
|Women's Javelin F54-56||Final Round||2012-09-05||9|
|Women's Shot Put F54||Final 1||2013-07-22||6|
|Women's Discus Throw F54-56||Final 1||2013-07-23||7|
|Women's Javelin F54-56||Final 1||2013-07-25||4|
|Women's Shot Put F54||Final Round||2016-09-10||5|
|Women's Javelin F54||Final Round||2016-09-13||9999|