Sport specific information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began lifting weights at age 16.
Why this sport?
He initially took up Para athletics but had to quit because of the high cost of competition wheelchairs. After trying wheelchair basketball, he was advised to get involved in powerlifting. "I liked the adrenaline rush while lifting weights."
Club / Team
Club Arcangeles: Bogotá, COL
Name of coach
Freddy Jerez [personal]
La Roca Humana [The Human Rock]. (deportesrcn.com, 21 Jul 2016)
Reading, writing, composing music. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2019; paralympic.org, 30 Jun 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the middleweight category at the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2019; paralympic.org, 09 Aug 2015)
Most influential person in career
His daughter. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2019)
Hero / Idol
Colombian Para swimmer Moises Fuentes. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2019)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He likes to listen to heavy metal music while he is training or at competitions. (paralympic.org, 30 Jun 2018)
He has competed in Para athletics at national level in Colombia. (idrd.gov.co, 01 Jun 2016)
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (idrd.gov.co, 01 Jun 2016)
His impairment is a result of the effects of polio. He contracted the illness as a child. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2019; noticiasuno.com, 02 Apr 2010)