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TILLNER GALEANO Melissa Nair
Sport Para athletics
NPC Paraguay   
GenderWomen
Age22
Place of BirthAsunción, PAR
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F12, T12
Guide
Victor Duarte Adorno
Further Personal Information
Residence
Mariano Roque Alonso, PAR
Occupation
Student
Languages
Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics in 2018. She initially trained in distance events before getting involved in sprinting in 2019.
Why this sport?
She transitioned from goalball to Para athletics. After beginning athletics, she and her guide Victor Duarte Adorno decided to switch from distance events to sprinting. "We started just for fun in long-distance competitions, and as we were adding successes, we got excited and moved into track events."
Name of coach
Edgar Galeano [national], PAR
Training Regime
She spent 10 months training solely for the 100m ahead of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. She would normally also train for the 200m and 400m events.
General Interest
Nicknames
Mile, Meli (Athlete, 25 Aug 2021)
Hobbies
Listening to music. (Athlete, 25 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 25 Aug 2021)
Most influential person in career
Guide Victor Duarte Adorno. (Athlete, 25 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
Paraguayan heptathlete Ana Camila Pirelli. (Athlete, 25 Aug 2021)
Injuries
In 2021 she was diagnosed with tendinitis in her right knee. She was out of action for seven weeks. (Athlete, 25 Aug 2021)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She makes the sign of the cross before she competes. (Athlete, 25 Aug 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The world belongs to those who dare." (Athlete, 25 Aug 2021)
Awards and honours
She was flag bearer for Paraguay at the opening ceremony of the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. (theworldnews.net, 01 Sep 2019)
Milestones
In 2019 she was part of the first delegation representing Paraguay to compete at the Parapan American Games, when the event was held in Lima, Peru. (radionacional.gov.py, 29 Aug 2019; SportsDeskOnline, 18 Aug 2021)
Ambitions
To finish on the podium at the Parapan American Games and the Paralympic Games. (Athlete, 25 Aug 2021)
Impairment
She lost her sight at age 11. (npy.com.py, 15 Aug 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
10 2021 100m T12 14.77
ParaPan American Games
Rank Year Event Result
8 2019 200m T12 34.91
8 2019 100m T12 16.39
6 2019 400m T12 1:21.54