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Gerdan Fonseca



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Son Diego
Higher education
Physical Education - Superior School of High Performance Athletes Formation [ESFAAR] Girlado Cordova Cardin: Havana, CUB

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 1997 in Camaguey, Cuba.
Why this sport?
He was a promising boxer prior to his accident, so when his leg was amputated and he was no longer able to box he decided to use his physical strength and switch to Para athletics throwing events.
Name of coach
Xiomara Rivero [national], CUB

International debut

Competing for
Parapan American Games
Mexico City, MEX

General interest

Listening to music, watching videos, spending time by the sea. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze at the Paralympic Games in 2004 and 2008, and claiming bronze at the 2006 World Championships in Assen, Netherlands. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Xiomara Rivero, and his family. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Cuban athlete Alberto Juantorena, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2019 he was named one of the 10 Best Para Athletes by the National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation [INDER] in Cuba. (, 10 Dec 2019)

In 2010 he was named Cuban Para Athlete of the Year. (, 15 Nov 2011)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 29 Aug 2019)
He lost his right leg following an accident at a train station in 1993. "I was going to take the train to travel to my house. At the time of boarding, I slipped and lost my leg." (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019;, 17 Sep 2018)


Unit Date Rank
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F44/46 Final Round 3
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F44 Final Round 3
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F44 Final Round 3
Men's Discus Throw F44 Final Round 10
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F44 Final Round 2016-09-09 8
Men's Discus Throw F44 Final Round 2016-09-16 9999