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Dixon De Jesus Hooker Velasquez

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T38, F38

Further personal information

Residence
Cali, COL
Languages
Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2009 in Cali, Colombia.
Why this sport?
He was encouraged to get involved in sports by his aunt. He became interested in athletics because his body frame was suitable for the sport. He had previously tried swimming, football, and equestrian.
Club / Team
Valle del Cauca: Cali, COL
Name of coach
Alonso Mina [national]; Freyman Arias [national]

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Colombia
Tournament
Parapan American Games
Location
Toronto, ON, CAN

General interest

Hobbies
Riding horses, going for walks. (dxtcapital.com, 21 Oct 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the T38 400m at the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. (dxtcapital.com, 21 Oct 2018)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Senal Colombia Deportes Facebook page, 13 Dec 2019)
Hero / Idol
US sprinter Michael Johnson. (Athlete, 22 Oct 2015)
Injuries
He tore his hamstring two months before the 2016 Paralympic Games. (senalcolombia.tv, 17 Dec 2019; Senal Colombia Deportes Facebook page, 13 Dec 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Being an elite athlete, rather than being difficult, is a decision. It's my job and that's why I always get up loving what I do and wanting to be the best." (colombiadeportiva.co, 21 Dec 2016)
Awards and honours
In 2015 he was named Para Athlete of the Year in Valle del Cauca, Colombia. (elpais.com.co, 15 Jun 2016)
Milestones
He became the first Para athlete representing Colombia to win gold at the world championships when he claimed gold in the T38 400m at the 2015 edition of the tournament in Doha, Qatar. (SportsDeskOnline, 07 Oct 2019; eltiempo.com, 30 Oct 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (senalcolombia.tv, 17 Dec 2019)
Impairment
He was born with cerebral palsy, which affects his mobility. (confidencialcolombia.com, 18 Aug 2015)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T38 Final 1 2015-10-22 5
Men's 200 m T38 Heat 2 2015-10-22 5
Men's 400 m T38 Final 1 2015-10-29 1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T38 Heat 2 2016-09-12 6
Men's 400 m T38 Heat 1 2016-09-16 1
Men's 400 m T38 Final Round 2016-09-17 6
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 800 m T38 Heat 1 2017-07-14 9999
Men's 200 m T38 Heat 1 2017-07-17 3
Men's 200 m T38 Final 1 2017-07-18 3
Men's 100 m T38 Heat 1 2017-07-21 9
Men's 400 m T38 Final 1 2017-07-22 2