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Hector Cabrera Llacer

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T12, F12

Further personal information

Family
Partner Ainhoa Martinez
Residence
Oliva, ESP
Occupation
Athlete, Motivational Speaker
Languages
Catalan, English, Italian, Spanish
Higher education
Exercise Science, Sports Science - University of Valencia: Spain

Sport specific information

Why this sport?
Having previously played football, he was introduced to Para athletics by the National Organisation of Spanish Blind People [ONCE].
Club / Team
Club de Correr El Garbi: Gandía, ESP
Name of coach
Juan Vicente Escolano [club], ESP
Training Regime
"I normally train six days a week, three days of technical training and three days in the gym."

International debut

Year
2012
Competing for
Spain
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Stadskanaal, NED

General interest

Hobbies
Yoga, pilates. (menshealth.com, 18 May 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Juan Vicente Escolano. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Czech javelin thrower Jan Zelezny. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Injuries
In July 2020 he sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament [ACL] and a meniscus injury in his right knee. He underwent surgery and returned to training in February 2021. In early 2020 he underwent surgery to treat an inguinal hernia. (Instagram profile, 25 Feb 2021; saforguia.com, 11 Nov 2020; efe.com, 11 Aug 2020)

He had surgery on his back due to a slipped spinal disc in November 2016 and returned to competition in June 2017. (practicodeporte.com, 16 Jun 2017; eldesmarque.com, 13 Jan 2017)

In 2015 he was inactive for five months due to an injury to his right elbow. (proyectofer.es, 03 Sep 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Always try to be the best version of yourself that you can be, whatever happens." (Facebook profile, 23 Nov 2020)
Awards and honours
He was named 2019 and 2016 Male Athlete of the Year in Gandia, Spain. (ondanaranjacope.com, 02 Dec 2019; levante-emv.com, 26 Nov 2016)

In 2014 he was named Best Athlete with an Impairment in Valencia, Spain. (LinkedIn profile, 05 Apr 2021; uegandia.com, 10 Dec 2014)
Other sports
He has competed in Para cycling and has won a national title in Spain. (Instagram profile, 01 Jun 2016)
Famous relatives
His partner Ainhoa Martinez has competed in able-bodied shot put at national level in Spain. She placed fifth in shot put at the 2021 Spanish indoor national championships. (worldathletics.org, 20 Feb 2021; dxtadaptado.com, 13 May 2020; saforguia.com, 28 Feb 2020)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (dxtadaptado.com, 13 May 2020)
Impairment
At age nine he was diagnosed with Stargardt disease, a degenerative eye condition. (menshealth.com, 18 May 2019; asprovincias.es, 24 Feb 2019; epoca1.plazadeportiva.com, 24 Jul 2015)
Other information
OXYGEN CHAMBER
He believes using hyperbaric oxygen therapy has meant he can achieve better results during training sessions. "It's a very innovative treatment to optimise the body's performance. Working out six days a week at 100%, diet and recovery are very important. The first session, being subjected to almost 100% of oxygen for almost an hour, made me feel strange and dizzy. But my body responded well and I was more active during my training sessions. I'll keep going because it helps me recover. I've noticed that I feel better at the end of my sessions and I can make 90 throws. You get tired, yes, but you feel better at the end." (menshealth.com, 18 May 2019)

FURTHER STUDIES
He studied at the Foro Italico University of Rome in Italy from September 2018 to February 2019 with the Erasmus+ student exchange programme to combine his studies with learning Italian. (menshealth.com, 18 May 2019; lasprovincias.es, 24 Feb 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F13 Final 1 2015-10-26 5
Men's Discus Throw F12 Final 1 2015-10-31 8
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F12 Final Round 2016-09-08 8
Men's Javelin F13 Final Round 2016-09-14 5
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F13 Final 1 2017-07-19 3
Men's Shot Put F12 Final 1 2017-07-22 6
Men's Discus Throw F12 Final 1 2017-07-23 8