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BARCENA Perla Patricia
Sport Para powerlifting
NPC Mexico   
GenderWomen
Age50
Place of BirthMexico City, MEX
Height1.47 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Family
Two children
Residence
Mexico
Languages
Spanish
Higher education
Law - Mexico State Autonomous University [UAEM]: Cuautitlán Izcalli, MEX
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She got involved in the sport in 1997 in Mexico City, Mexico.
Why this sport?
She wanted to take part in activities that are mainly practised by men.
Club / Team
Mexico State: Mexico
Name of coach
Jesus Garcia Garcia [national]
General Interest
Hobbies
Watching movies. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning three medals at the Paralympic Games. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her family. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2019)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2019)
Injuries
She spent eight days in hospital after contracting COVID-19 virus in 2020. (gob.mx, 28 Sep 2020)

In late 2015 she underwent surgery on her left shoulder. (labrecha.me, 06 Feb 2016)

In 2013 she needed three operations on her shoulders. (paralympic.org, 04 Aug 2015)
Awards and honours
In 2014 she received the Filiberto Navas Valdes State of Mexico Medal in Sport. (oem.com.mx, 04 Mar 2014)

She has been inducted into Mexico State's Sports Museum in Mexico. (diarioportal.com, 23 Apr 2020)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (diarioportal.com, 23 Apr 2020)
Impairment
Her impairment is a result of the effects of polio. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2019)
Other information
FURTHER EDUCATION
She also has a diploma in sports law. "I have dedicated so many years to sport that I do not see myself leaving it [after her sporting career finishes]. I know that one day I will be giving something back one way or another." (gem.gob.mx, 05 Jan 2021; diarioportal.com, 23 Apr 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2000 75kg 122.5
  2004 75kg  NoM
3 2008 82.5kg 130.0
3 2012 +82.5kg 135
4 2016 79kg 126
4 2021 +86kg 135.0 
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 1998 67.5kg 95.0
2 2002 82.5kg 130.0
3 2006 82.5kg 130.0
1 2010 +82.5kg 135.0
  2014 86kg  NoM
3 2017 +86kg 133.0
7 2019 +86kg 136.0
10 2019 Team 214.07
ParaPan American Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2019 79kg, 86kg & 86+kg 107.98 
European Open Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2018 +86kg 136