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PODDA Clara
Sport Para swimming, Table Tennis
NPC Italy   
GenderWomen
Age67
Place of BirthCagliari, ITA
Height1.60 m
Weight 62 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
TT2
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Husband Palmiro, daughter Sonia and son Danilo
Residence
Rome, ITA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Italian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began in 1998 at age 27 in Italy.
Why this sport?
Her coach got her involved.
Club / Team
L'Isola che non c'era onlus: Rome, ITA
Name of coach
Fabio Angiolella, ITA, from 2006
Handedness
Right
Senior International Debut
Year
1998
Competing for
Italy
Location
Portogruaro, ITA
General Interest
Nicknames
Clary (Athlete, 17 May 2016)
Hobbies
Watching films. (Athlete, 17 May 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning the silver medal at 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, People's Republic of China. (Athlete, 17 May 2016)
Most influential person in career
Angelo Franchi, her former coach. (Athlete, 17 May 2016)
Hero / Idol
Italian swimmer, Federica Pellegrini. (Athlete, 17 May 2016)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"Making the finger sign of the cross." (Athlete, 17 May 2016)
Other sports
She competed in swimming at the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta. (londra2012.comitatoparalimpico.it, 2012)
Ambitions
To win a medal in the team event at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 17 May 2016)
Impairment
She had a car accident in October 1987. (Athlete, 17 May 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships - Table Tennis
Rank Year Event Result
5 2010 Singles Class 1-2  
17 2010 Open Wheelchair  
2 2010 Team Class 1-3  
3 2014 Singles Class 1-2  
5 2014 Team Class 1-3  
Paralympic Games (Overall) - Table Tennis
Rank Year Event Result
4 2000 Singles Class 1-2  
7 2000 Team Class 4-5  
3 2008 Singles Class 1-2  
2 2008 Team Class 1-3  
5 2012 Singles Class 1-2  
4 2012 Team Class 1-3  
Quarterfinal 2016 Singles Class 1-2  
Final 3-4 2016 Team Class 1-3  
European Championships - Table Tennis
Rank Year Event Result
2 2013 Singles Class 1-2  
2 2013 Team Class 1-3  
5 2015 Singles Class 1-2  
3 2015 Team Class 1-3  
World Ranking (01 Nov 2015) - Table Tennis
Rank Year Event Result
9 2015 Singles Class 2  
66 2015 Open Wheelchair  
9 2015 Singles Class 2  
66 2015 Open Wheelchair  
9 2017 Singles Class 2  
56 2017 Open Wheelchair  
10 2017 Singles Class 2  
61 2017 Open Wheelchair  
10 2017 Singles Class 2  
61 2017 Open Wheelchair  
8 2018 Singles Class 2  
55 2018 Open Wheelchair  
Paralympic Games - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
6 1996 50m Freestyle S3 1:28.16 
6 1996 50m Backstroke S3 1:27.50