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Ernesto Fonseca

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T51

Further personal information

Residence
Heredia, CRC
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began competing in Para athletics in 2014.
Why this sport?
He was encouraged to compete in the London Marathon in England by Costa Rican Para sprinter Laurens Molina.
Name of coach
Johnny Mora, CRC

General interest

Nicknames
Ernie, Lobito (Facebook page, 22 May 2017)
Hobbies
Playing tennis, watching motorcycle racing, listening to music. (Athlete, 23 Aug 2021; Facebook page, 22 May 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Achieving the qualifying standard for the 2020 Paralympic Games. (Athlete, 23 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
US basketball player Michael Jordan. (Athlete, 23 Aug 2021)
Awards and honours
He was named the 1999 Rookie of the Year by the American Motorcyclist Association [AMA]. (Facebook page, 22 May 2017)
Other sports
Prior to his accident he competed in motocross and supercross at professional level. (brmx.com.br, 28 Apr 2020; Facebook page, 22 May 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (ulead.ac.cr, 27 Jan 2017)
Impairment
In March 2006 he damaged the C5, C6 and C7 vertebrae in his cervical spine during motocross training. His injuries resulted in quadriplegia. (brmx.com.br, 28 Apr 2020; Facebook page, 22 May 2017; nacion.com, 05 Jul 2016)
Other information
CHARITY WORK
In May 2020 he completed a half marathon as part of a fundraising campaign by the Costa Rican government to aid those most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. "It was wonderful work, in my opinion, better than we expected. I want to thank everyone who joined this noble cause." (delfino.cr, 16 May 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T51 Final 1 2017-07-17 5
Men's 100 m T51 Final 1 2017-07-21 7