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Jesus Hernandez Hernandez

Swimming
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S3, SB2, SM3

Further personal information

Residence
Mexico City, MEX
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Arabic, English, Portuguese, Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 13 in Ahome, Mexico.
Why this sport?
He got involved in swimming at a young age as part of his therapy. "I like it because it is a sport in which there is no using of implements and because I was inspired by various swimmers like Michael Phelps, Laure Manaudou, Jessica Long and Juan Ignacio Reyes."
Club / Team
Guanajuato State: Mexico
Name of coach
Victor Romero Chavez [national]
Training Regime
He trains at the National Commission for Physical Culture and Sports [CONADE] facility in Mexico City, Mexico.

General interest

Nicknames
Chucho (codegto.gob.mx, 04 Feb 2021)
Hobbies
Being with family, studying. (Athlete, 23 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning three medals [one gold, two bronze] at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (gob.mx, 04 Feb 2022)
Most influential person in career
His mother. (Athlete, 23 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
Mexican Para swimmer Juan Ignacio Reyes. (periodicodeizcalli.com.mx, 31 Aug 2018)
Injuries
He was affected by a chest and ear infection in early 2021 which affected his training for three weeks. (codegto.gob.mx, 04 Feb 2021)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He listens to music before competitions. (Athlete, 23 Aug 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I want to become an inspiration for many people and those people to become an inspiration themselves in order to have a society that could look beyond problems and limits to achieve a better quality of life. There are many people who have everything but they lack inspiration to achieve dreams, or there may be someone who could be having a bad time and by watching my dedication or that of others all these people could go ahead in life." (Athlete, 23 Aug 2021)
Awards and honours
In 2021 he was the recipient of an acknowledgement from the congress of Guanajuato state in Mexico in recognition of the three medals he won at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 20 Dec 2021)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2022 World Championships in Madeira, Portugal, and to compete at the 2023 Parapan American Games in Santiago, Chile, and the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (gob.mx, 04 Feb 2022; milenio.com, 05 Dec 2021; codegto.gob.mx, 04 Feb 2021)
Impairment
He was born with cerebral palsy, and has a malformation in his shoulders as well as an impairment to his lumbar vertebrae. (milenio.com, 30 Dec 2017)
Other information
DEFEATING HIS IDOL
He won a bronze medal in the S4 50m backstroke at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, finishing ahead of his idol, fellow Mexican swimmer Juan Ignacio Reyes, who placed fourth. "I beat a person that I have admired and always will do. Beating my idol was a great thing for me. I beat Juan Ignacio, who I watched on TV and many times I told myself that one day I would be like him. I never imagined that one day I would compete against him." (periodicodeizcalli.com.mx, 31 Aug 2018; milenio.com, 30 Dec 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Freestyle S4 Heat 2 2016-09-13 5
Men's 50 m Backstroke S4 Heat 2 2016-09-16 3
Men's 50 m Backstroke S4 Final Round 2016-09-16 3
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Backstroke S4 Final 1 2017-12-03 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Final 1 2017-12-05 3
Men's 200 m Freestyle S4 Final 1 2017-12-06 3