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, track and field athlete and Ottobock ambassador
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. In other words, Martina keeps getting closer to her goal of five metres in the long jump.
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.
Victories and achievements
- European Para Athletics Championships Berlin 2018: gold medals in 100 m and long jump
- World Para Athletics Championships London 2017: gold medals in 100 m and long jump
- Rio 2016 Paralympic Games: gold medal in 100 m, silver medal in long jump
- IPC Athletics European Championships Swansea 2014: gold medal in 100 m, silver medal in long jump
- IPC Athletics World Championships Lyon 2013: gold medals in 100 m and long jump
- London 2012 Paralympic Games: gold medal in 100 m, silver medal in long jump
- Nationality: Italian
- Year of birth: 1989
- Sport: track and field – 100 m and long jump
- Classification: T63 (previously T42)
- Coach: Davide Gamberini
- Club: Fiamme Gialle
- Devices: for sports: 3S80 and 1E91, in daily life: Genium X3