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Gustavo Nieves



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
T12, F12

Further personal information

Madrid, ESP
Higher education
Engineering - University of Vigo: Spain

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 17 in Vigo, Spain.
Why this sport?
"I started running almost by chance and little by little it grew on me and I felt I wanted to improve. I started running just like everybody else starts."
Club / Team
Real Club Celta Atletismo: Vigo, ESP
Name of coach
Arturo Martin [personal]
Training Regime
He trains at the High Performance Centre [CAR] in Madrid, Spain.

General interest

Gus (, 21 Dec 2014)
He sustained a stress fracture in his fibula bone [lower leg] in 2020 that kept him out of action for six weeks. (, 07 Dec 2020;, 07 Dec 2020)

In 2019 he sustained a cartilage injury in one of his knees during a training session after stepping on a crack and twisting his knee. The injury did not prevent him from competing at the 2019 World Championships in London, England, but he required surgery following the event. (, 2019;, 30 Apr 2019)

He injured his soleus muscle [calf] three weeks before the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. Despite qualifying for the T12 5000m final, the injury returned and he was forced to withdraw from the event. (, 22 Sep 2009)
Other sports
He played football in the top youth division in Spain prior to his impairment. (, 08 Apr 2009)
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 21 Aug 2021)
He lost his vision suddenly at age 17 due to the inherited condition Leber hereditary optic neuropathy. (, 11 May 2014)
Other information
He collapsed and lost consciousness while leading the T12 marathon at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and was unable to finish the race. "I was at a good pace, and then the next thing I remember is myself on the ground with two volunteers helping me, and then nothing. We were running in 30-degree heat and 70% humidity. The asphalt felt like a frying pan and there were no shadows on the course. It may have been my last chance for an Olympic medal." (, 19 Sep 2016)

His parents moved to Germany shortly after he was born. They returned to Spain when he was age five. (, 08 Apr 2009)


Unit Date Rank
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games (Sydney, Australia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 5000 m T12 Final Round 9999
Men's 10000 m T12 Final Round 5
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 5000 m T13 Heat 2 3
Men's 5000 m T13 Final Round 9999
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 10000 m T12 Final 2011-01-23 9999
Men's 5000 m T12 Final 2011-01-27 9999
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 5000 m T12 Final Round 2012-09-03 4
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 5000 m T12 Final 1 2013-07-20 5
Men's 10000 m T12 Final 1 2013-07-23 3
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 5000 m T13 Final Round 2016-09-15 9999
Men's Marathon T12 Final Round 2016-09-18 9999