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Alejandro Maldonado

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T54

Further personal information

Family
Wife Gabriela
Residence
Avellaneda, ARG
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began the sport at age 13 at the National Rehabilitation Institute in Mar del Plata, Argentina.
Why this sport?
He was spotted by coach Miguel Miranda. "He was the first to have trained me, and I started discovering a passion."
Name of coach
Carlos Alberto Rodriguez [national]
Coach from which country?
Argentina
Coach from what year?
2003
Training Regime
He has three training sessions a day, six days a week, at the National High Performance Centre [CENARD] in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

International debut

Year
1995
Competing for
Argentina

General interest

Hobbies
Cooking. (Esto es sin Var YouTube channel, 26 Mar 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (Esto es sin Var YouTube channel, 26 Mar 2021)
Most influential person in career
Coach Carlos Alberto Rodriguez. (Athlete, 26 Nov 2010)
Hero / Idol
Argentinian Para athlete Marcos Pare. (Athlete, 26 Nov 2010)
Awards and honours
He received an acknowledgement from the municipality of Mar del Plata, Argentina, in 2019. (elmarplatense.com, 10 Sep 2019)

In 2009 he won the Olimpia de Plata award in Argentina. (Athlete, 26 Nov 2010)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (buenosaires.gob.ar, 06 Aug 2020)
Impairment
He was born with arthrogryposis, which causes muscle weakness in his lower body. He has undergone more than 30 surgeries related to his impairment. (clarin.com, 08 Aug 2019; ole.com.ar, 10 Dec 2012; enganche.com.ar, 01 Oct 2019)
Other information
RETIREMENT AND RETURN
He retired from the sport in 2013 due to personal reasons and work commitments. In early 2018 he decided he wanted to return and called coach Carlos Alberto Rodriguez. "Since then, I did not stop training." He plans to retire after the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, and chose to continue training for another year after the Games were postponed until 2021. He wants to remain in sport after retiring from competition. "In the future I would like to become a sports official, but I don't want to be a coach." (enganche.com.ar, 01 Oct 2019; infobrisas.com, 09 Sep 2019; Esto es sin Var YouTube channel, 26 Mar 2021)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships Birmingham 1998 (Birmingham, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 5000 m T55 Heat 3 10
Men's Marathon T55 Final Round 9999
Men's 10000 m T55 Final Round 14
Men's 10000 m T55 Heat 2 6
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T54 Final Round 4
Men's 1500 m T54 Heat 1 2
Men's 1500 m T54 Heat 4 3
Men's 800 m T54 Heat 2 5
Men's 800 m T54 Heat 4 4
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T54 Heat 1 5
Men's 100 m T54 Heat 3 6
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 800 m T54 Heat 1 2011-01-22 6
Men's 100 m T54 Heat 3 2011-01-22 7
Men's 200 m T54 Heat 4 2011-01-24 5
Men's 200 m T54 Semifinal 1 2011-01-25 7
Men's 1500 m T53/54 Heat 3 2011-01-25 8
Men's 400 m T54 Heat 2 2011-01-27 4
Men's 400 m T54 Semifinal 2 2011-01-27 7