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Herbert Aceituno

Powerlifting

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment
Congenital

Further personal information

Residence
El Salvador
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 23 in San Salvador, El Salvador.
Why this sport?
He was encouraged to try the sport by a friend, and he also wanted to improve his health. "I have always liked lifting weights."
Name of coach
Jorge Ernesto Lopez Zamora [national], ESA

International debut

Year
2016
Competing for
El Salvador
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Rio de Janeiro, BRA

General interest

Nicknames
Kike (Athlete, 24 Aug 2021)
Hobbies
Playing video games. (Athlete, 24 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 65kg category at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. (laprensagrafica.com, 05 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
His father. (Athlete, 24 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian footballer Ronaldinho. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Injuries
He has sustained wrist and shoulder injuries during his career. (Athlete, 22 May 2019)

He fractured his right ankle at age 10. (Athlete, 05 Sep 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Disability is in the mind, not the body." (Athlete, 24 Aug 2021)
Awards and honours
He was voted Best Male Athlete at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru, in a public poll organised by the Americas Paralympic Committee. (paralympic.org, 11 Oct 2019)

He was flag bearer for El Salvador at the opening ceremony of both the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. (informatvx.com, 29 Aug 2019; myinfo.rio2016.com, 06 Sep 2016)
Milestones
He became the first powerlifter from El Salvador to compete at the Paralympic Games when he took part in the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 01 May 2017; laprensagrafica.com, 12 May 2016)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the Paralympic Games. (elmetropolitanodigital.com, 04 Nov 2018)
Impairment
He was born with achondroplasia and is a person of short stature. He was also born with hydrocephalus. "Doctors told my mother that I would only live three months." (Athlete, 22 May 2019, 05 Dec 2017; elmetropolitanodigital.com, 04 Nov 2018)
Other information
TRIBUTE TO HIS FATHER
His father Gilberto passed away in July 2020 after contracting the COVID-19 virus. "The loss of my father was a difficult process to assimilate. I'm always going to think about him. I'm going to keep fighting, I made him the promise that I would always have him in my mind and in my heart." (indes.gob.sv, 23 Feb 2021; diario1.com, 02 Jul 2020; Athlete, 22 May 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -72 kg Final Round 2016-09-11 9999
Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 65.00kg Final 2017-12-08 8