09/02/2021 at 6:31 AM CEST
Miriam Martínez’s career in Paralympic sport is one of the shortest in the Spanish delegation. The athlete born in Alcoy 30 years ago -at the end of the month she turns 31- hung the silver medal in shot put f36 thanks to a throw of 9.62 meters. Incredible debut for the Alicante woman who only entered the Paralympic sport two years ago.
After proclaiming herself runner-up in weight, Miriam could not believe what she was experiencing: “I’m on a cloud, it still seems like I haven’t put my feet on the ground, and it is a place where I do not want to get off because it is where I dreamed of being three years ago. Life changed me and right now it has changed me again. I just do not believe it”.
Miriam is a construction engineer and she combined her work with practicing her favorite sport, futsal. Her work kept her busy all day and futsal was her escape valve, but she took it very seriously, as she was a semi-professional player.
Two years ago everything changed in his life. A stroke cut short his professional and sports career: “I suffered brain damage from a neurodegenerative autoimmune disease that caused hemiapraxia”, explains the athlete technically. The aftermath was that his body began to have incoordination and spasms.
It had to be reinvented again, learning to walk again was one of the things that cost him the mostBut two years ago, thanks to the help of his father, he succeeded.
Sport brought him back to life
He looked in sports for a way to feel alive again and, having discarded futsal for the moment, found refuge in the shot put, the discipline that was best given to him within athletics. Together with his father, a mid-distance runner, they got down to work with the aim of fulfilling the dream of a Paralympic Games.
Miriam’s career was meteoric and in two years after walking again and discovering the Paralympic sport, she has been planted in some Games where she has also been proclaimed runner-up.
We are without a doubt before the express paralympic athlete.