male powerlifter Jose de Jesus Castillo Castillo

Jose De Jesus Castillo Castillo


After 17 years competing as a powerlifter, Jose de Jesus Castillo Castillo fulfilled one of his dreams of winning a world title in front of his fans, family and friends in Mexico City.

He took a dramatic gold in the men’s up to 107kg thanks to a 236kg lift in his final attempt. Castillo was in third position after two rounds, but his home crowd gave him the strength to produce an epic comeback.

After such an achievement, he was named the first Americas ‘Athlete of the Year for 2017’ after receiving 58 per cent of the public vote.

He followed that up with another title at the 2018 Americas Open Championships in Bogota, Colombia.

Castillo Castillo has been steadily improving throughout the years. He ended ninth at his first Worlds in 2006, but then finished fourth in 2010 and third in 2014.

He has also enjoyed success at Paralympic Games, most recently taking bronze in the men´s up to 97kg at Rio 2016.

"Falling is allowed, getting up is mandatory," is Castillo Castillo’s life motto.

His impairment is a result of the effects of polio, which he contracted at age two.


Impairment information

Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Wife Mayra, one son [2019]
Zapopan, MEX
English, Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began powerlifting at age 17 in 2001 in Zapopan, Mexico.
Why this sport?
He was inspired to take up the sport after watching a documentary about athletes competing at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney. "It is the best discipline."
Club / Team
Jalisco State: Mexico
Name of coach
Mayra Perez Hernandez [wife], MEX, from 2011

General interest

Chuy, Hercules (Athlete, 25 Aug 2021)
Listening to music. (Athlete, 25 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the 97kg category at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and claiming gold in the 107kg category at the 2017 World Championships in Mexico City, Mexico. (Athlete, 25 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
Mexican footballer Ramon Ramirez. (Athlete, 25 Aug 2021)
He sustained a right shoulder injury while competing at the 2019 World Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. The injury did not prevent him from competing at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru, where he won gold in the 107kg category. (Athlete, 25 Aug 2021;, 01 Sep 2019)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He concentrates and shouts before attempting a lift. (Athlete, 25 Aug 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Falling is allowed, getting up is mandatory." (Athlete, 25 Aug 2021)
Awards and honours
In 2018 he received the Mexican National Sports Award in the Para sport category. (, 07 Nov 2018)

In 2018 he received the Jalisco State Sports Award in the Para sport category. (, 17 Oct 2018)

In 2017 and 2018 he was named Americas Para Athlete of the Year by the Americas Paralympic Committee. (, 31 Jan 2019;, 04 Feb 2018)

In 2015 he was presented with a sports merit award for the seventh time by the city council of Guadalajara in Mexico. (, 16 Dec 2015;, 05 Jan 2011)
Famous relatives
His wife Mayra Perez Hernandez has served as his coach. (, 02 Jul 2020; Athlete, 19 Jul 2019)
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 01 Jul 2020)
His impairment is a result of the effects of polio. He contracted the illness at age two. (Athlete, 19 Jul 2019;, 13 Sep 2016)


Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -90 kg Final Round 4
2010 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 90.00kg Final 2010-07-29 9999
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -90 kg Final Round 2012-09-04 9999
2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 88.00 kg MD Final 2014-04-09 3
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -97 kg Final Round 2016-09-13 3
Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 107.00kg Final 2017-12-02 1