20385-Diego Fernando Cuesta Martinez photo

Diego Fernando Cuesta Martinez



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
S12, SB12, SM12

Further personal information

Athlete, Veteran

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para swimming in 2013.
Why this sport?
Soon after he began his rehabilitation he received an invitation to join the Armed Forces Disability League, where he met fellow military personnel who had also been injured. "I developed a rapport with them and put aside my disability to start training. Then, in April 2013, the army sent me to the Loterias Caixa International Open in Brazil and by June that year I started travelling with the Colombian national team."
Club / Team
Military Club: Bogotá, COL
Name of coach
Miguel Angel Otero [club]

General interest

El Pijao (, 06 Sep 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Sport helps people realise that they can always go further." (, 29 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
He was given the medal for Distinguished Services by the Ministry of National Defence of Colombia in recognition of his participation at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 19 Oct 2016)
He was wounded by an mine while serving in the army. He sustained injuries to his face and eyes, retaining about 40% of his vision. He was also diagnosed with photophobia, an extreme sensitivity to light, as a result of his injuries and surgery. (, 29 Oct 2015)


Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Butterfly S13 Heat 1 2016-09-08 6
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB12 Heat 1 2016-09-13 5
Men's 100 m Backstroke S12 Heat 1 2016-09-14 6
Men's 100 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 2016-09-16 7
Men's 50 m Freestyle S12 Heat 2 2016-09-17 6