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Martina Caironi

In 2007 Caironi lost her left leg in a motorcycle accident. Sports played a crucial role in her rehabilitation. She began her sports career in 2010. Today she is a top Paralympic athlete.

Italy’s greatest Paralympic talent

Martina is one of Italy’s greatest Paralympic talents – which is hardly surprising, considering she has competed in two Paralympic Games, five World Para Athletics Championships and two European Para Athletics Championships.

The 2012 Paralympic Games in London were Martina’s first big event, five years after her accident. Here she won gold in the 100 metres, finishing the race in 14.65 seconds – the only female athlete to break the 15-second barrier. She also won the long jump with an impressive 4.72-metre jump.

In 2013 Martina became a double world champion, in the long jump and the 100 metres, and just one year later, she was European Champion in the 100 metres.

In 2015 she ran her world record time in the 200 metres and won gold at the World Para Athletics Championships in Doha. Her world record in the 100 metres was set at 14.61 seconds.

“Medals are important at the European Para Athletics Championships. But for me, it’s even more important that my training and the work I have invested over the years is reflected in my times and results.“

Martina Caironi, Para athlete and Ottobock ambassador

Ottobock ambassador Martina Caironi has celebrated numerous victories in the world of sports (© Getty Images for Ottobock)

On her way to the very top

At the end of 2016 Martina began training under Davide Gamberini, who specialises in the long jump. Martina subsequently jumped 4.88 metres at the Italian Championships in Nembro, northern Italy in June 2018.

Martina defended her Paralympic title in the 100 metres at the 2016 Games in Rio and also won silver in the long jump.

In 2018 she won gold in the 100 metres and long jump at the European Para Athletics Championships in Berlin. She achieved her personal best with 4.91 metres and set a world record in the new disability category. One year later, in August, she performed even better and jumped 5.00 metres for the first time.

Movement at all levels

Martina isn’t just a multi-talented athlete; she’s also multilingual. She speaks five languages – Italian, English, Mandarin, Portuguese and Spanish. She studied linguistics at the University of Bologna.

Key facts

  • Nation: Italy
  • Year of birth: 1989
  • Sport: Para Athletics – 100 m and Long jump
  • Classification: T63
  • Coach: Davide Gamberini
  • Club: Fiamme Gialle

Victories and achievements

  • Paralympic Games Rio 2016:
    • Gold medal on 100 m,
    • Silver medal in long jump
  • Paralympic Games London 2012:
    • Gold medal on 100 m
    • Silver medal in long jump
  • Para Athletics World Championship London 2017:
    • Gold medal on 100 m and in long jump
  • Para Athletics World Championship Lyon 2013:
    • Gold medal on 100 m and in long jump
  • Para Athletics European Championship Berlin 2018:
    • Gold medal on 100 m and in long jump
  • Para Athletics European Championship Swansea 2014:
    • Gold medal on 100 m
    • Silver medal in long jump

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