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David Eliseo Hernandez Diaz

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F42, T42

Further personal information

Residence
Mexico City, MEX
Languages
Spanish

Sport specific information

Why this sport?
"I remember watching the 2012 Paralympic Games in London on television and seeing athletes with amputations doing long jump. I thought, 'Wow!' While I'm here dying because they're going to amputate my leg, there are a lot of things out there worth living for. I said to myself that I wanted to become a Paralympic athlete. I want to make history."
Club / Team
Michoacan: Mexico
Name of coach
Ivan Rodriguez [personal]
Training Regime
He has three sessions each week in the gym. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays he practises long jumps at the track to improve his technique.

General interest

Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Manada de Lobos Facebook page, 07 May 2019; infobreaknoticias.wordpress.com, 05 Oct 2018)
Impairment
In October 2011 he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer, in his left knee. His left leg was later amputated to prevent the disease from spreading. (infobreaknoticias.wordpress.com, 05 Oct 2018; archivo.eluniversal.com.mx, 11 Aug 2014)
Other information
FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES
He struggled to find sufficient financial support to help pay for the prosthesis he uses at competitions. "I looked for help from the government and associations, but there is little assistance. One of the reasons was because I was 19 years old when I started to try and get one. Most of the support is for children between 0 and 18 years of age. I was an adult and there was little support. So I started saving and didn't buy shoes, socks or clothes. I took advantage of my story and gave talks about how I overcame cancer and lost a leg. I gave motivational talks in companies and schools until I met a person who believed in me and helped me buy the prosthesis [in 2016]." (infobreaknoticias.wordpress.com, 05 Oct 2018)