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Darwin Castro of Ecuador and his guide Sebastien

Darwin Gustavo Castro Reyes

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T11, F11
Guide
Sebastian Rosero; Diego Arevalo

Further personal information

Residence
Cuenca, ECU
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2013.
Why this sport?
Sport was a tool to help him overcome the depression he experienced after losing his vision. "I first tried blind football, then swimming, and even goalball. But it was when I tried athletics that I noticed I had found my sport."
Club / Team
Grupo de Atletismo Chukos: Ecuador
Name of coach
Julio Chuqui [club]

International debut

Year
2013
Competing for
Ecuador
Location
Medellín, COL

General interest

Hobbies
Listening to music, travel. (Athlete, 14 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the T11 5000m at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. (Athlete, 23 Aug 2021)
Most influential person in career
Guide Sebastian Rosero. (Athlete, 23 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. (Athlete, 23 Aug 2021)
Injuries
He sustained a ligament injury in his right knee in 2017. (Athlete, 23 Aug 2021)
Awards and honours
He was named among the Best Performance Athletes of the Year at the 2019 Paralympic Gala organised by the Ecuadorian Paralympic Committee and the Ministry of Sports in Ecuador. (elmercurio.com.ec, 19 Dec 2019)

He was flag bearer for Ecuador at the opening ceremony of the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. He carried out the same role at the closing ceremony of the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (lahora.com.ec, 16 Aug 2019; paralympic.org, 15 Aug 2015)

He was named Outstanding Para Athlete of the Year by the Sports Journalists' Association in Ecuador in 2018. (hermanosenderica.com, 03 Apr 2019)

He was named the 2014 Vision Impaired Athletics Competitor of the Year by the Ecuadorian Paralympic Committee. (parasport-news.com, 31 Dec 2014)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 23 Aug 2021)
Impairment
He began losing his vision at age 16 due to keratoconus, a progressive eye condition that affects the cornea. (Athlete, 14 Nov 2019; paralympic.org, 06 Sep 2016)
Other information
GUIDING INFLUENCE
He believes that his life began to improve when he met his guide and best friend Sebastian Rosero. "Sebastian gave me a new hope when all my life seemed to have no sense at all. Athletics came along and my guide, who now I consider my brother." (pichinchacomunicaciones.com.ec, 08 Mar 2019; paralympic.org, 06 Sep 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 5000 m T11 Final Round 2016-09-08 7
Men's 1500 m T11 Heat 3 2016-09-11 3
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 5000 m T11 Final 1 2017-07-15 4
Men's 1500 m T11 Heat 2 2017-07-18 8