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Fabio Torres

Powerlifting

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Family
Wife Arelis, six children
Residence
Bogotá, COL
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at the Sanitation Battalion of the Colombian Army in Bogota, Colombia. He began competing in 2009.
Why this sport?
He used to play football before his accident. After losing his leg he tried sitting volleyball, swimming and athletics before starting to focus on powerlifting. "I have always enjoyed lifting weights."
Club / Team
Bogota District: Colombia
Name of coach
Henry Oviedo [national]

International debut

Year
2017
Competing for
Colombia
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Mexico City, MEX

General interest

Hobbies
Watching football. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Claiming bronze in the 97kg category at the 2017 World Championships in Mexico City, Mexico. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Henry Oviedo. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2019)
Hero / Idol
Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2019)
Awards and honours
He received an acknowledgement from the Colombian army in recognition of his participation at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (paradeportes.co, 19 Oct 2016)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (paralympic.org, 14 May 2020)
Impairment
In 2008 he lost the lower part of his left leg after stepping on a mine while serving with the Colombian army. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2019; Ministerio de Defensa Nacional Facebook page, 03 Jun 2016; Panorama YouTube channel, 19 Apr 2016)
Other information
FOUNDATION
In February 2020 he and his wife Arelis launched a foundation called 'Gestion, Amor y Vida' [Management, Love and Life], which aims to help people with impairments, senior citizens and children in need in Bogota, Colombia. The foundation also delivered food to those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic in Colombia. "We are doing this so that many people who live off their day to day work, who used to sell fruit or other kinds of food in the streets, and can no longer do so, have something to eat. There are many people with disabilities who are also athletes, and we support them. We do it without resting, but now we need support and collaboration from everyone to continue helping more people. In the future we want to find and help more people in Colombia. We want to expand the foundation throughout the country." (paralympic.org, 14 May 2020, 05 Mar 2021)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 97.00 kg MD Final 2014-04-10 12
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -97 kg Final Round 2016-09-13 9999
Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 97.00kg Final 2017-12-07 3