Martina Willing

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Martina Willing
Personal information
Born (1959-10-03) 3 October 1959 (age 58)
Sport Athletics
Disability Blind and paraplegic
Disability class F56 (F11 until 1994)
Event(s) Javelin, Discus, Shot put

Martina Monika Willing (born 3 October 1959) is a Paralympic athlete from Germany competing in field events. She is both blind and paraplegic. Until 1994 she competed in the F11 classification for vision impaired athletes; following her paralysis, she returned to competition as a seated thrower. Willing has competed and medalled in eight Paralympic Games[1] - all seven summer games from 1992 in Barcelona to 2016 in Rio as well as at the 1994 winter games in Lillehammer. Complications during knee surgery following a fall at the Lillehammer Paralympics led to her paralysis.[2][3][4]

As of May 2017, she is world record holder in both F11 and F56 javelin, and P11 pentathlon events.

Willing won the Whang Youn Dai Achievement Award in 2000. She worked as a biologist, but has now retired.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Martina Willings Kunststück: 8. Paralympics, 8. Medaille" (in German). Südwest Presse. 11 Sep 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2017. 
  2. ^ "Athlete Bio - Martina Willing". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 25 May 2017. 
  3. ^ "Martina Willing: First blinded, then paralyzed, now silver" (in German). RP Online. 22 Oct 2000. Retrieved 25 May 2017. 
  4. ^ "Martina Willing brings silver in the javelin" (in German). RBB Online. 11 Sep 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2017. 

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