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Herbert Aceituno



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

San Salvador, ESA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 28 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
Training Regime
He has two training sessions a day, which focus on intensity rather than duration.

International debut

Competing for
El Salvador
World Cup
Rio de Janeiro, BRA

General interest

Spending time with family. (Athlete, 22 May 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 65kg category at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. (, 05 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (Athlete, 22 May 2019)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian footballer Ronaldinho. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
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, 22 May 2019)
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. (, 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. (, 29 Aug 2019;, 06 Sep 2016)
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;, 12 May 2016)
To win a medal at the Paralympic Games. (, 04 Nov 2018)
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;, 04 Nov 2018)


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