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Darwin Paul Vallejo

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T44

Further personal information

Occupation
Armed Forces Athlete
Languages
Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2016 in Quito, Ecuador.
Why this sport?
He was encouraged by coach Cristian Matute to take up Para sport.

International debut

Year
2016
Competing for
Ecuador

General interest

Hobbies
Swimming. (Athlete, 14 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Qualifying for the 2019 World Championships. (Athlete, 14 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
His wife. (Athlete, 14 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Ethiopian long-distance runner Kenenisa Bekele. (Athlete, 14 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If we have a goal, this can be achieved. Sooner or later it can be done, there is no limit. That's how you show others how life has to be lived." (Fuerzas Armadas del Ecuador Facebook page, 19 Feb 2020)
Awards and honours
He received an acknowledgement medal from the Ecuadorian Army for winning a gold medal at the 2019 Para Athletics Open in Medellin, Colombia. (Ejercito Ecuatoriano Facebook page, 20 May 2019)

In 2018 he received an acknowledgement medal from the Ecuadorian Army after qualifying for the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. (ejercitoecuatoriano.mil.ec, 16 Apr 2018)
Other sports
He has claimed a gold medal at the national Para triathlon championships in Ecuador. (Fuerzas Armadas del Ecuador Facebook page, 19 Feb 2020)
Ambitions
To finish on the podium at the New York City Marathon in the United States of America. (Fuerzas Armadas del Ecuador Facebook page, 19 Feb 2020)