Type of Impairment
Origin of Impairment
Ferdinand Cereceda; Carlos Guevara
Further personal information
Law - Continental University: Huancayo, PER
Sport specific information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics in 2016 at the Association of Blind Athletes in Peru. In 2019 he began training professionally.
Why this sport?
He felt the need to practise sports after losing his sight. He initially took up five-a-side football before switching to athletics after experiencing injury problems. "I've always liked to run and play football. The physiotherapists gave me a choice between only running or only kicking the ball, I couldn't do both. I felt that I had more opportunities with running. Taking up athletics was a difficult decision. It was not my goal, but somehow I began to improve my personal bests and just went forward."
Name of coach
Sunil Andres Serna [personal], PER, from 2019
La Maravilla [The Wonder] (elpoli.pe, 19 Aug 2019)
Going to the gym, listening to music. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
His family and friends. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Peruvian footballer Edison Flores. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Awards and honours
He was named Para Athlete of the Year by the Peruvian Paralympic Committee in 2019. The award was presented to five athletes who won gold medals at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. (momentodeportivord.com, 28 Feb 2020)
He competed in five-a-side football at the 2016 Copa Trujillo in Ica, Peru. (elpoli.pe, 19 Aug 2019)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (depor.com, 28 Aug 2019)
He sustained a visual impairment after there was an explosion at the mine he was working at in Ayacucho, Peru, in 2010. (elpoli.pe, 19 Aug 2019; estudiantes.ucontinental.edu.pe, 22 Jan 2020)