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BECERRA Cheri
Sport Athletics
NPC United States   
GenderWomen
Born27 Sep 1976
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Two daughters
Other names
Cheri Becerra-Madsen
Residence
United States
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 1994.
Why this sport?
A teacher from school introduced her to wheelchair racing.
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Blood, sweat and tears have got me this far. Talent and determination will take me to the top." (cheriscomeback.us, 27 Apr 2013)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (ncnewspress.com, 11 Jun 2013)
Impairment
At age four her spine was damaged by an unknown virus which left her requiring the use of a wheelchair. (journalstar.com, 02 May 2013)
Other information
RETURN TO ATHLETICS
In 2013 she returned to competitive para-athletics after spending 12 years away from the sport. (journalstar.com, 02 May 2013)

NATIONAL FIRST
At the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, she competed in a wheelchair 400m race that was being used as a demonstration to promote the sport. She became the first ever native American female athlete to compete at an Olympic Games. (cheriscomeback.us, 08 May 2013)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 1996 100m T53 16.74
2 1996 200m T53 29.64
3 1996 400m T53 57.15
3 1996 800m T53 1:53.41
1 2000 100m T54 16.59
2 2000 200m T54 29.51
1 2000 400m T54 55.29
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
3 2013 200m T54 30.32
3 2013 400m T54 56.21