Italy’s Martina Caironi is one of the world’s greatest Paralympic athletes.
She is the Paralympic champion for the 100m T42 and double World champion at the same distance.
Martina has reached great heights in her sport but is still hungry for more success and is determined to retain her Paralympic title in Rio next year.
In 2007, she was involved in a motorcycle accident which resulted in the amputation of her left leg above the knee. Sport played a major part of her rehabilitation and, in 2012, Martina represented her country at the Paralympic Games in London winning 100m gold.
The following year, she became a double World champion, winning Gold in the long jump and the 100m. In 2014, the European Championships went to Swansea where Caironi continued to her dominance of the 100m and also claimed silver in the long jump.
In 2015, she went from strength to strength lowering her 200m T42 world record three times in a month and equalling Vanessa Low's long jump T42 world record of 4.60m.
2016 will give Caironi the chance to retain her Paralympic title in Rio and her main focus will be on winning gold.
“I want to go to Rio and win at least one gold medal and to retain my 100m title. Ottobock’s support plays a major role in my success and their role as technical service provider at the Paralympic Games is invaluable for all athletes. I look forward to competing well for Italy at a fantastic Paralympic Games in Brazil.”
Key competitive achievements:
|Paralympic Games||IPC World Championships||IPC European Championships|
|Rio 2016||Lyon 2013||Swansea 2014|
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Year of birth: 1989
Sport: Athletics – 100m, 200m and Long Jump
Classification: T42 /F42
Coach: Mario Poletti
Home team/club: Fiamme Gialle
Career highlights: Winning gold at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in the 100m T42 and taking the Paralympic record.