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Carlos Felipa

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T42, F63

Further personal information

Family
Wife Naty, three children
Residence
Lima, PER
Occupation
Administrator, Athlete, Fitness Instructor, Serves in the Army, Veteran
Languages
Spanish

Sport specific information

Club / Team
Escuela Militar de Chorrillos: Peru
Name of coach
Miguel Angel Calmet Ochoa [national], PER

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in the 100m and 200m events at the 2015 World Military Games in Mungyeong, Republic of Korea. (elperuchito.com, 09 Oct 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Impossible does not exist." (Twitter profile, 29 Dec 2015)
Impairment
In 2010 he lost his left leg and suffered serious injuries to his right leg after stepping on a land mine while serving with the Peruvian Army. He spent nine months in hospital and had to undergo a dozen operations, nearly losing both legs. "The doctors told me to become accustomed to life in a wheelchair because I would no longer be able to walk. But I showed them otherwise." (Facebook page, 29 Aug 2016; aficionline.com, 13 Oct 2014)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He works as a business administrator with the Peruvian Army. He also works as a Krav Maga instructor, a martial art originally developed for the Israel Defense Forces [IDF]. (Facebook page, 29 Aug 2016; Twitter profile, 29 Dec 2015)

BIONIC LEG
Following his accident he was searching for a prosthetic leg, and came across a company in the United States of America that specialised in bionic prosthetic limbs. With the help of the Peruvian Army, his story reached the nation's president at the time, Ollanta Humala, who offered to pay for the bionic limb as well as his travel to the United States for it to be fitted, in recognition of his bravery in combat. In 2013 he became the first ever Peruvian paratrooper with a bionic leg to complete a free fall jump of more than 12,000ft. (Facebook page, 29 Aug 2016; aficionline.com, 13 Oct 2014; aficionline.com, 13 Oct 2014)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T42 Heat 1 2016-09-14 7
Men's Long Jump T42 Final Round 2016-09-17 8