Adiaratou Iglesias, speed without racial or visual barriers

She is only 20 years old, but her life is a race and many obstacles that she is determined to win the sprint. Why Adiaratou Iglesias, which marks the difference in the goal line that everyone equals, had to escape from a macabre destiny in which precisely being different could have cost very expensive. Why being born albino in Mali means personifying bad luck, a death sentence on the continent of superstitions, although now 'Adi' can not feel more fortunate.

He escaped from Mali with eleven years to arrive in Spain, first to La Rioja with a stepbrother of his and then to a children's center. It did not fit as expected. Then Lina, a teacher in Lugo, crossed into her life, who was looking to adopt a girl and met a teenage challenge, and from that moment both 'pieces' completed a perfect puzzle. Adiaratou started practicing athletics, the sport of your dreams that in Mali, being a woman and albino, I had never been able to practice … And dreaming still continues, double World medalist in 100 and 200 meters, candidate for everything in the next Tokyo Games.

The truth is that 'Adi' was not seen running, he was ashamed of his body to the point of not wanting to go outside in shorts. Her adoptive mother helped her love herself and discover that her genetics, more than a problem, was a blessing, and now the Galician sprinter does not believe in barriers. Although there is one, the visual one, which still steals seconds on the stopwatch and prevents you from posing by heading for the 'photo finish'.

Adiaratou barely has a 10% vision that increases to 18% with glasses, a disorder derived from albinism, but this does not take away from measuring and winning athletes without disabilities. There is no sprinter like her in Galicia: in 2019 she has been 100 and 200 absolute regional champion and he has the Galician record in the double hectometer (for the 100 he has six hundredths left). At the national level, he competes with the best: he qualified for the Championship of absolute Spain (although his category would be sub-23) in both distances and in 200 he was seventh in the final in La Nucía.

Although he does not see the lines of the streets and the goal line – that is why he always runs a few meters more -, the ceiling of the projection of 'Adi' is not yet visible, the great Spanish figure in the Dubai World Championships of adapted athletics. In the emirate, the Galician extended the already atypical athletic season even more until she played a total of 49 races … Showing her best version at the key moment: she improved her personal mark in 200 in qualifying, semifinal and final, ( 24.31) and in 100 he made his best record, going down for the first time of twelve seconds (11.99).

Both record labels earned him two silver in the T12 category, where only the Cuban Omara Durand beat him, who does run with a male guide. Just off the plane, Adiaratou had to prepare the backpack and alarm clock because the institute does not wait, let alone in a crucial course as it is second year of high school. With the fixed mind at the Tokyo Paralympic GamesFor those who already have the minimum, 'Adi' dreams of studying Physiotherapy or Psychology. And seen the precedents, who dares to say he can't.

The keys:

The escape from your country:

With 11 years he escaped from Mali and arrived in Spain with a stepbrother, specifically to La Rioja, to later move to Galicia.


Fate made him meet a teacher in Lugo, Lina, who wanted to adopt a girl and met a teenage challenge.


In Spain he began to practice athletics, although he was ashamed of his body and did not want to go outside in shorts.

Visual disability:

He barely has a 10% vision, which increases to 18% with glasses, a disorder derived from albinism.


This year he was proclaimed absolute regional champion of 100 and 200 meters and holds the Galician record in the double hectometer.

With the best in the National:

He qualified for the Championship of Spain absolute in 100 and 200, although his category would be under-23, and in the double hectometer he was seventh in the final in La Nucía (Alicante).

In the World Cups:

In Dubai, he improved his personal mark in 200 in qualifying, semifinal and final (24.31) and in 100 he made his best record (11.99). He won two silver.

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