Yanina Andrea Martínez made history today when she became the first Argentine athlete to win a gold medal at the Paralympics since Atlanta in 1996. Martínez won first place in the 100-meter race at the 2016 Rio Paralympic games with a time of 14.46 seconds.
Claudia Nicoleitzik from Germany came in second with a time of 14.64 seconds, while Colombia’s Florian Hernandez won the bronze medal with 14.71 seconds.
Martínez, who hails from Rosario, has cerebral palsy and began practicing sports in 2004 thanks to the encouragement of her mother and brothers. She first began with swimming but quickly came to realize that track and field was her real calling.
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With today’s achievement, Martínez may finally be able to move on from the disappointment she suffered in London 2012, where she ended in third place but was disqualified for blocking a rival. She has won several competitions since then, including coming in second at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Qatar and the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto.
Her next challenge? Martínez will try to repeat this amazing result in the 200-meter race. She will be running the first stage on Monday 11 with the goal of reaching the final the next day.
“I’m really happy. I dedicate this to my trainer, Martín (Arroyo). Greetings to all, I love you,” said Martínez with a smile after winning the race.