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Dionibel Rodriguez Rodriguez

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Classification
T20, F20

Further personal information

Residence
Madrid, ESP
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2004 while he was at school in Spain.
Why this sport?
One of his tutors at school convinced him to try the sport. "I used to play football and basketball and I was good at it. But one day I ran a cross-country event and I loved it. I loved the fact that it was an individual sport."
Club / Team
Club Deportivo a la Par [ESP] / AD Marathon [ESP]:
Name of coach
Miguel Angel Garcia Quintana [personal]

General interest

Nicknames
Dioni (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hobbies
Sport. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold medals in the T20 400m and T20 200m at the 2013 INAS World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019; virtus.sport, 11 Jun 2013)
Most influential person in career
His sports teacher at school. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Injuries
He injured his Achilles tendon in 2017 and had surgery on it in September 2018, which put him out of action for a year. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019; informe-espana.org, 12 Apr 2019; Instagram profile, 22 Jun 2018, 27 Mar 2019)

He sustained an injury while competing at the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. (discapnet.es, 03 Dec 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"My disability is not a problem, I have learned to live with it. We are not all perfect. Sport has taught me the meaning of sacrifice, effort and daily struggle to overcome any obstacle." (avancedeportivo.es, 30 Aug 2016)
Awards and honours
He received a Recognition Award from the Sports Press Association of Madrid [APDM] at the Femaddi Values Gala in Spain. (femaddi.org, 04 Feb 2020)

He was named the 2013 Para Athlete of the Year by the Madrid Union Sports Federation in Spain. (clubdeportivonjr.blogspot.co.uk, 10 Dec 2013)
Famous relatives
His younger brother Deliber has represented Spain in Para athletics, and finished fifth in the T20 400m final at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 13 Apr 2021; elsolidario.org, 28 Feb 2020)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Toyko. (samu.es, 12 Dec 2017)
Other information
FAMILY FINAL
He and his younger brother Deliber both competed in the T20 400m final at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He finished fourth and Deliber placed fifth. (SportsDeskOnline, 13 Apr 2021; rtve.es, 09 Sep 2016)

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TO SPAIN
He was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to Spain at age 11. (samucongresos.es, 16 Nov 2017; avancedeportivo.es, 30 Aug 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Long Jump T20 Final 1 2013-07-23 14
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T20 Heat 2 2015-10-22 11
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T20 Heat 1 2016-09-08 3
Men's 400 m T20 Final Round 2016-09-09 4
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T20 Heat 2 2017-07-16 9999