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MIRANDA HERRERA Nely
Sport Para swimming
NPC Mexico   
GenderWomen
Age48
Place of BirthPuebla, MEX
Height1.65 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S4, SB3, SM4
Further Personal Information
Residence
Veracruz, MEX
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Spanish
Higher education
Administration Studies - Technological Institute of Veracruz: Mexico
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming in 2005 in Morelia, Mexico.
Why this sport?
She took up the sport as part of her rehabilitation.
Name of coach
Jose Raul Pelaez Ampudia, MEX, from 2013
Training Regime
She trains at the Mexican National Paralympic Training Centre [CEPAMEX] in Mexico City.
Senior International Debut
Year
2006
Competing for
Mexico
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Durban, RSA
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning two gold medals at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 04 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
Her mother. (Athlete, 04 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
Mexican wheelchair racer Saul Mendoza. (Athlete, 04 Dec 2017)
Injuries
Following the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, she began experiencing muscle contractions and convulsions. She was unable to swim throughout 2018 and did not compete at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru, in order to focus on her recovery. (laopinion.net, 08 Feb 2019; Suplemento Todas, 10 Sep 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The hardest rival to beat is yourself." (Athlete, 04 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
She was Mexico's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (myinfo.rio2016.com, 06 Sep 2016)

She was Mexico's flag bearer at the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (laaficion.milenio.com, 01 Sep 2015; paralympic.org, 15 Aug 2015)

She received the National Sports Award in Mexico in 2013 and 2015. (localmichoacan.com.mx, 05 Nov 2015; paralympic.org, 13 Nov 2013)
Impairment
She fell down a flight of stairs in 2000. Her injuries resulted in quadriplegia. (Athlete, 04 Dec 2017; codigoinformativo.com, 25 Feb 2012)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
She served as a representative of the Chamber of Deputies in Mexico between 2010 and 2012. In 2016 she was a candidate in elections to become a local representative in Veracruz, Mexico. (versionex.com.mx, 21 Mar 2016; gobernacion.gob.mx, 31 Aug 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2008 50m Freestyle S4 46.27
1 2008 100m Freestyle S4 1:44.11
7 2008 200m Freestyle S5 3:32.08
4 2016 150m Individual Medley SM4 2:57.76 
Heats 2016 50m Breaststroke SB3  DSQ
4 2016 50m Backstroke S4 53.42 
3 2016 50m Freestyle S4 40.53 
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2006 50m Freestyle S4 59.64
5 2006 100m Freestyle S4 2:09.51
5 2006 200m Freestyle S4 4:41.18
7 2006 50m Backstroke S4 1:39.23
9 2006 100m Breaststroke SB4 3:22.08
2 2006 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 3:30.15
3 2006 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 3:59.14
1 2010 50m Freestyle S4 48.73
1 2010 200m Freestyle S4 3:43.75
5 2010 50m Backstroke S4 1:14.00
3 2010 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 3:24.48
1 2010 100m Freestyle S4 1:41.74
8 2010 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 3:45.82
1 2013 50m Freestyle S4 42.53
5 2013 50m Backstroke S4 1:02.00
1 2013 100m Freestyle S4 1:34.65
1 2013 200m Freestyle S4 3:21.16
1 2015 50m Freestyle S4 40.08
1 2015 150m Individual Medley SM4 3:06.48
2 2015 50m Breaststroke SB3 1:02.94
6 2015 50m Backstroke S4 57.41
4 2017 50m Backstroke S4 54.26
2 2017 50m Freestyle S4 42.97