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Cristian Valenzuela

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T11, F11
Guide
Raul Moya

Further personal information

Residence
Santiago, CHI
Languages
Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up running in 2006 at the Santa Lucia Educational Centre in Santiago, Chile.
Name of coach
Ricardo Opazo [national], CHI

International debut

Year
2007
Competing for
Chile
Location
Rio de Janeiro, BRA

General interest

Most influential person in career
His mother. (Athlete, 22 Oct 2015)
Hero / Idol
Eritrean distance runner Zersenay Tadese. (Athlete, 22 Oct 2015)
Injuries
He missed the T11 5000m at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro because of injury. (paralympic.org, 29 Apr 2017)

In about 2012 he had Achilles tendinopathy in both of his legs. (revistachilenadeatletismo.cl, 09 Mar 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"There are two options in life, cry or keep moving forward." (contintanegra.cl, 01 Oct 2012)
Awards and honours
He was named 2015 Athlete of the Year [for Para athletics] by the Circle of Sports Journalists of Chile. (paralympic.org, 22 Dec 2015)

He was Chile's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (latercera.com, 07 Aug 2015)

He was named 2012 Athlete of the Year by the Olympic Association of Chile. (biobiochile.cl, 04 Mar 2013)

He was named 2012 Athlete of the Year by the Circle of Sports Journalists of Chile. (latercera.com, 20 Dec 2012)
Impairment
He lost his vision due to glaucoma at age 12. (contintanegra.cl, 01 Oct 2012)
Other information
NATIONAL FIRST
In 2012 he became the first person representing Chile to win a gold medal at the Paralympic Games when he was victorious in the T11 5000m in London. (parasuramericanos.santiago2014.cl, 30 Mar 2014; SportsDeskOnline, 07 Sep 2012)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T11 Heat 2 4
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 10000 m T11 Final 2011-01-23 2
Men's 1500 m T11 Heat 2 2011-01-24 9999
Men's 5000 m T11 Heat 2 2011-01-26 3
Men's 5000 m T11 Final 2011-01-27 4
Men's Marathon T11 Final 2011-01-30 1
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T11 Heat 2 2012-08-31 2
Men's 1500 m T11 Final Round 2012-09-03 4
Men's 5000 m T11 Final Round 2012-09-07 1
Men's Marathon T12 Final Round 2012-09-09 9999
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 5000 m T11 Final 1 2013-07-20 2
Men's 800 m T11 Semifinal 1 2013-07-22 4
Men's 800 m T11 Final 1 2013-07-23 4
Men's 1500 m T11 Semifinal 1 2013-07-24 2
Men's 1500 m T11 Final 1 2013-07-25 2
Men's Marathon T11 Final 1 2013-07-28 1
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 5000 m T11 Final 1 2015-10-26 1
Men's 1500 m T11 Final 1 2015-10-30 2
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 5000 m T11 Final Round 2016-09-08 9999
Men's 1500 m T11 Heat 1 2016-09-11 9999
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 5000 m T11 Final 1 2017-07-15 2
Men's 1500 m T11 Heat 1 2017-07-18 5
Men's 1500 m T11 Final 1 2017-07-21 5