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Elkin Alonso Serna Moreno

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Classification
T12, F12
Guide
German Naranjo

Further personal information

Residence
Guarne, COL
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began running at age seven and in 2004 found he could compete in events specifically for people with an impairment.
Why this sport?
As a boy he had to run 10km each day to school. In 2004 he met Juan Carlos Cardona, an athlete with links to the Colombian Paralympic Committee. Cardona encouraged him to take the sport more seriously.

International debut

Year
2007
Competing for
Colombia
Tournament
World Championships
Location
São Paulo, BRA

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Being his country's flag bearer at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (paralympic.org, 15 Jan 2015)
Awards and honours
He was Colombia's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (paralympic.org, 15 Jan 2015)

In 2008 he won the Fox Sports Sport Recognition Award, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees [UNHCR] Recognition Award. (Athlete, 26 Nov 2010)
Impairment
He was diagnosed with Stargardt disease at age five. (bbc.co.uk, 08 Sep 2012; la-lupa.com, 01 Aug 2016)
Other information
ILLNESS
He suffered from gastritis throughout 2014, which resulted in him only competing in a small number of competitions. He returned to full health in December 2014. "I supervised my house construction, which brought me a lot of stress and I began to get sick. Moreover, I couldn't rest well and I neglected my diet." (paralympic.org, 15 Jan 2015)

FAMILY ESCAPE
In 1988 his family had to leave their house in the village of La Magdalena, near Urrao, Colombia, and move to the city of Medellin because of the threat of violence from guerrillas. (bbc.co.uk, 08 Sep 2012; elmundo.com, 01 Dec 2011)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T13 Heat 2 9999
Men's 5000 m T13 Heat 1 4
Men's 5000 m T13 Final Round 9999
Men's 10000 m T12 Final Round 4
Men's Marathon T12 Final Round 2
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 10000 m T12 Final 2011-01-23 4
Men's 5000 m T12 Final 2011-01-27 9999
Men's Marathon T12 Final 2011-01-30 2
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Marathon T12 Final Round 2012-09-09 2
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 5000 m T12 Final 1 2013-07-20 4
Men's Marathon T12 Final 1 2013-07-28 2
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Marathon T12 Final Round 2016-09-18 9999