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Kim Lopez Gonzalez

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T12, F12

Further personal information

Residence
Valencia, ESP
Languages
Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried athletics at age four in Valencia, Spain.
Why this sport?
A friend challenged him to throw the discus. He beat his friend, loved the sport, and then decided to begin training.
Club / Team
CA Fent Cami Mislata: Valencia, ESP
Name of coach
Juan Vicente Escolano, from 2017

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the F12 shot put at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
New Zealander shot putter Tom Walsh. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Injuries
He injured a ligament in his left knee during a training session in April 2019. The injury disrupted his training ahead of the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where he went on to win silver in the F12 shot put. (dxtadaptado.com, 10 Nov 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2017 he was presented with a Sports Merit Distinction by the government of the autonomous community of Valencia in Spain. (elpais.com, 09 Oct 2017)

In 2016 he received the Royal Order of Sports Merit Gold Medal in Spain. (paralimpicos.es, 15 Nov 2016)

In 2016 he received the Sport Merit Award for Most Outstanding Para Athlete in Valencia, Spain. (fdmvalencia.es, 05 Sep 2017)
Other sports
He has competed in Para swimming at junior international level. (lasprovincias.es, 16 May 2016)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (dxtadaptado.com, 15 Feb 2021)
Impairment
He was born with myopia [short-sightedness]. (lasprovincias.es, 16 May 2016)
Other information
EYES ON TOKYO
He won silver in the F12 shot put at the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, despite his preparation for the event being disrupted due to a knee injury. "The silver tastes like glory after the injury. I wasn't very good in the event. The sensations weren't good, I couldn't find my rhythm and I wasn't precise, that's why I threw one metre less that I had been doing. I'll have to prepare better for Tokyo and push my technique to improve on these marks. If all goes well we'll be able to compete better at the Games." (dxtadaptado.com, 10 Nov 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F12 Final 2011-01-28 3
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F12 Final 1 2013-07-20 6
Men's Discus Throw F12 Final 1 2013-07-24 1
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F12 Final 1 2015-10-22 3
Men's Discus Throw F12 Final 1 2015-10-31 2
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F12 Final Round 2016-09-08 1
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F12 Final 1 2017-07-22 3
Men's Discus Throw F12 Final 1 2017-07-23 3