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Luis Arturo Paiva



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Caracas, VEN
Higher education
Human Resources - University College of Administration and Marketing: Venezuela

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He had previously taken up basketball at age eight in Caracas, Venezuela. He took up athletics at age 14.
Why this sport?
A teacher encouraged him to take up the sport in order to represent his country abroad.
Club / Team
Club Lourdes Garzon: Caracas, VEN
Name of coach
Lourdes Garzon [club], CUB
Training Regime
He trains at the National Sports Institute [IND] in Caracas, Venezuela.

International debut

Competing for

General interest

Playing basketball. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal in T20 400m at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
His first coach Elena Gorachova, and his family. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Venezuelan middle-distance runner Eduar Villanueva. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"What motivates me most is being able to see my flag and listen to my anthem." (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
He was a recipient of the Francisco de Miranda Order from the government of Venezuela for his performance at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, where he won a silver medal in the T20 400m. (SportsDeskOnline, 17 Oct 2019;, 23 Sep 2016)

He was Venezuela's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (, 07 Aug 2015)


Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T20 Final 1 2013-07-25 6
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T20 Heat 2 2015-10-22 5
Men's 400 m T20 Final 1 2015-10-23 5
Men's 800 m T20 Heat 2 2015-10-26 1
Men's 800 m T20 Final 1 2015-10-28 2
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T20 Heat 2 2016-09-08 1
Men's 400 m T20 Final Round 2016-09-09 2
Men's 1500 m T20 Final Round 2016-09-13 8